Organ donation law in England has changed
Organ donation in England has changed to an 'opt out' system. You may also hear it referred to as 'Max and Keira's Law'.
This means that if you are not in an excluded group, and have not confirmed whether you want to be an organ donor - either by recording a decision on the NHS Organ Donor Register, or by speaking to friends and family – it will be considered that you agree to donate your organs when you die.
You still have a choice about whether or not you wish to become a donor and your faith, beliefs and culture will continue to be respected. Get the facts about organ donation to help you decide.
We are asking everyone to:
- Record your organ donation decision on the NHS Organ Donor Register
- Tell your family and friends what you have decided
Have you recorded your organ donation decision?
If you would like to speak to somebody about your choices, please call our dedicated line: 0300 303 2094
These changes will affect all adults in England unless they have recorded a decision not to donate on the NHS Organ Donor Register, or told their family, or are in one of the following excluded groups:
- 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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Organ donation law where you live
Organ donation laws vary in different countries across the United Kingdom.