Organ donation: England will have “opt-out” system from May 2020BMJ 2020; 368 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m752 (Published 25 February 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;368:m752
- Gareth Iacobucci
- The BMJ
England will move to an “opt-out” system of deemed consent for organ donation from May this year, the government has announced.
The move, which follows a consultation,1 means that all adults in England will be considered to have agreed to donate their organs when they die, unless they have decided that they do not want to be a donor or are in an excluded group.
The new law will bring England into line with Wales, which introduced an opt-out system in December 2015 and now has the highest donation consent rates in the UK.2 Scotland is …