Organ Donation Law in England

Organ donation in England has changed to an opt out system. You still have a choice whether or not you want to become an organ donor. We will always ask your family to support your decision. So whatever you choose, it’s really important that you let them know.

From 20 May 2020, the Government announced that everyone is now OPTED IN for organ donation and will need to OPT OUT should they not want to donate.

  • Want to talk to us about the opt out system? – Call 0300 123 23 23
  • Monday – Friday 8:00am – 8:00pm
  • Saturday and Sunday – 8:00am – 4:00pm
  • Text relay: 18001 0300 1232323
  • Text chat: 07860 034343

If you do wish to Opt Out, please contact the Organ Donation Service or obtain further details from their website: www.organdonation.nhs.uk

How does the opt out system work?

The opt out system means that all adults agree to become organ donors when they die, unless they have made it known that they do not wish to donate. If you have not recorded an organ donation decision and you are not in one of the excluded groups, it will be considered that you agree to donate your organs when you die. You may hear this system referred to as the opt out system, deemed consent, presumed consent or Max and Keira’s Law.

You can still choose whether or not you want to be an organ donor when you die by registering your decision and telling your family. Your faith, beliefs and culture will continue to be respected.

Get the facts about organ donation to help you decide.