It’s Organ Donation Week!

This Organ Donation Week the NHS want everyone to know that the law around organ donation in England has changed to an opt-out system. This will allow more people to save more lives. You still have a choice.


How you can help

They’re asking everyone to:

  • Read about what the changes mean for you
  • Take time to talk about organ donation this Organ Donation Week
  • Make your organ donation decision and share it with those closest to you


How does the opt out system work?

The opt out system works on the understanding that all adults agree to become organ donors when they die, unless they have made it known that they do not wish to donate. 

If you have not recorded an organ donation decision and you are not in one of the excluded groups, it will be considered that you agree to donate your organs, when you die. 

You may hear this system referred to as the opt out system, deemed consent, presumed consent or Max and Keira’s Law

You can still choose whether or not you want to be an organ donor when you die by registering your decision and telling your family. Your faith, beliefs and culture will continue to be respected.

Get the facts about organ donation to help you decide.

Get information about the opt out system in England in the language or format that suits you, including BSL. 


Who is affected?

The opt out system applies to everyone in England, except for those who are part of what are called excluded groups. 


Excluded groups are:

  • Those under the age of 18
  • People who lack the mental capacity to understand the new arrangements and take the necessary action
  • Visitors to England, and those not living here voluntarily
  • People who have lived in England for less than 12 months before their death




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