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Dutch to start presumed consent for organ donation in 2020

BMJ 2018; 360 doi: (Published 16 February 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;360:k768
  1. Tony Sheldon
  1. Utrecht

The Netherlands will introduce presumed consent for organ donation in July 2020, after a private member’s bill passed the Dutch Senate by just two votes, ending decades of debate.

The Dutch Society of Intensive Care (NVIC) was “delighted” with the Active Donor Registration Law, claiming that it would place less of a burden on next of kin. The Kidney Patients’ Association described it as a “milestone” that would save lives.

Under the new law all 18 year olds will …

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