When the Human Tissue Act 2004 became law in September 2006, it introduced two new forms of living donation.
Altruistic non-directed donation allows an individual to donate a kidney to a stranger via the national matching and allocation system for kidneys from deceased donors.
Paired/pooled donation pairs an incompatible donor/recipient couple anonymously with another couple in the same situation in order to exchange suitably matched organs between couples.
National registration and matching arrangements are now in place for both potential altruistic donors and for incompatible donor-recipient pairs wishing to be considered for paired donation. Details of these arrangements can be accessed from the links to the right of this page.