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The law around organ and tissue donation in Scotland is going to change

In Scotland, the law around organ and tissue donation is changing. This means that from March 2021 if you die in circumstances where you could become a donor and have not recorded a donation decision, it may be assumed you are willing to donate your organs and tissue for transplantation. This is commonly referred to as an ‘opt out’ system.

This law will apply to most adults resident in Scotland. 

The best way to record your donation decision is by registering either an opt-in or opt-out decision on the NHS Organ Donor Register. If you do not record a decision, it may be assumed that you are willing to become a donor. Your family will always be asked about your latest views on donation, to ensure it would not proceed if this was against your wishes.

Find out more about your choices and who the law applies to by downloading the factsheet below.

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You can find different language versions of the Factsheet as well as an Easy Read version in our Resources section.