Organ donation law in Crown dependencies
Guernsey currently has an ‘opt in’ to organ and tissue donation model. You can do this by joining the NHS Organ Donor Register and sharing your decision with your family. You can also record a decision not to be a donor.
Guernsey’s Human Tissue and Transplantation (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Legislation was enacted in May 2020, which will introduce a deemed consent (opt out) system. The new law will not come in to force until an Ordinance has been passed, so the consent process in Guernsey remains one of ‘opt in’.
In April 2018 the Jersey States Assembly passed legislation that saw the Island move towards a deemed consent system, but with the ability for individuals to ‘opt out’ if they wish. The new legislation took effect on 1st July 2019.
It is important that you make a decision about organ and tissue donation – to be a donor, or not to donate - and record this on the NHS Organ Donor Register. Make sure you share your decision with your family, as they will still be consulted about organ and tissue donation.
The current legislation in the Isle of Man is to opt in to organ and tissue donation, you can do this by joining the NHS Organ Donor Register. You can also record a decision not to be a donor.
In March 2018 the House of Keys launched a public consultation to seek input from citizens on an ‘opt out’ system. The consultation closed on the 8th June 2018 and initial results are available on the Isle of Man Government website. Further feedback will follow.