We will only use your organs and tissue if you want us to. You can let us know by:

This makes it easier for the medical team to establish your decision and helps your relatives to honour it.

Making your decision clear

If you don’t make your decision to donate clear, we will ask the person closest to you what they think you wanted.

You can consent to donating some or all of your organs and/or tissue by:

  • ticking in the appropriate boxes on the NHS Organ Donor Register, or
  • telling your family and friends

Who are the healthcare professionals involved in organ donation?

Your family or friends should tell a healthcare professional straightway if they know that you wanted to donate your organs. 

Using your organs for research

We can only use your organs and tissue for research after you die, if:

  • we get permission from you or your family
  • they are not suitable for transplant

Leaving your body for medical research after organ donation

We will not accept your body for medical research:

  • if you have donated your organs, or
  • after a post-mortem

But, if you donated only your corneas, you can leave your body for research

If your relatives object

If your family or relatives object to the donation when you made your decision clear before you died, we will:

  • discuss the matter with them,
  • encourage them to accept your decision, and
  • make it clear that they do not have the legal right to override your decision.

If you have no family or relatives

NHS professionals will speak to your GP about your medical and social history. But you should also tell a close friend or colleague about your decision as they may be able to provide information to help us.

Qualifying relationship

If we don’t know your wishes when you die, the law  allows other people close to you to decide on donating your organs. This can be your:

  • spouse or partner
  • parent or child
  • brother or sister 
  • other relatives, or
  • close friend

Including organ donation in your will

You don’t have to include donating your organs in your will. By the time your will is read it may be too late for you to become an organ or tissue donor.


To find out if you are registered or to remove your name from the NHS Organ Donor Register, write to us at:

NHS Organ Donor Register
NHS Blood and Transplant
Fox Den Road
Stoke Gifford, Bristol
BS34 8RR

We will write to you to confirm that we have done this. You can also call the organ donor line on 0300 123 23 23 and we will check the register for you.

England and Wales

The Human Tissue Authority 
151 Buckingham Palace Road
Tel: 0207 269 1900

Department of Anatomy 
Tel: 01224 274 320/01224 272 000 
Dundee College of Life Sciences 
University of Dundee 
Tel: 01382 388 825 

Department of Biomedical Sciences 
University of Edinburgh 
Tel: 0131 650 2997/0131 650 8318 

The Anatomy Department University of Glasgow 
Tel: 0141 330 4296/0141 339 8855 

St Andrews 
Department of Anatomy 
University of St Andrews 
Tel: 01334 463 601 

Northern Ireland 
The Department of Anatomy 
Queen's University Belfast 
Medical Biology Centre 
97 Lisburn Road 
Belfast BT9 7BL 
Tel: 028 9097 2131