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What you need to know about the opt-out organ donation system

The implications as England joins Wales in adopting presumed consent for organ transplant
A woman looking at a web page in relation to organ donation, which reads 'register to not donate'

The implications as England joins Wales in adopting presumed consent for organ transplant after death

On 20 May, the Organ Donation (Deemed Consent) Act 2019 comes into force.

This means that England joins Wales in having an opt-out system of organ donation rather than an opt-in system.

When an individual’s organs may be used after death

The difference between the two is that an opt-in organ donation system requires a person to actively state that they wish their organs to be used after death. The presumption is that unless they opt in,


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