Organ donation laws
Organ donation laws vary across different countries in the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) and the Crown dependencies of Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man.
This page outlines the current legislative position for each of those areas, and the choices you can make.
The legislation in Northern Ireland has changed to an opt-out system of consent, in line with other regions of the UK. This means that if you haven’t registered an organ and tissue donation decision, you will be considered to have no objection to becoming a donor.
What is meant by deemed consent, deemed authorisation, and presumed consent for organ donation?
All of these phrases describe a system for organ donation within which - unless you have recorded a decision not to donate (opted out), or are in an excluded group - it will be considered that you agree to be an organ donor when you die. This is also commonly referred to as an opt-out system.
In an opt-out system, you still have a choice if you want to be an organ donor or not when you die and you can record this decision on the NHS Organ Donor Register.
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