Organ donation law in England has changed
What has changed?
Organ donation in England has moved to an ‘opt out’ system. You may also hear it referred to as ‘Max and Keira’s Law’. It was named after Keira Ball, who died aged nine in 2017, and Max Johnson, now aged 12, who was saved by her heart.
This means that all adults in England will be considered to have agreed to be an organ donor when they die unless they have recorded a decision not to donate or are in one of the excluded groups.
Your family will still be approached and your faith, beliefs and culture will continue to be respected.
You still have a choice whether or not you wish to become a donor. Get the facts about organ donation to help you decide.
Why has the law changed?
The law has been changed to help save and improve more lives. Every day across the UK, someone dies waiting for a transplant.
What do I have to do?
We are asking everyone to:
- Record your organ donation decision on the NHS Organ Donor Register https://www.organdonation.nhs.uk/register-your-decision/
- Tell your family and friends what you have decided
If you would like to speak to somebody about your choices, please call the dedicated line: 0300 303 2094. Open Mon – Fri: 8am – 8pm Sat and Sun: 8am – 4pm.
Minicom: 0845 730 0106
Text chat: 07860 034343
When did the law change?
The opt out system in England came into effect on 20 May 2020.
Who will the changes affect?
These changes will affect all adults in England unless they have recorded a decision not to donate or are in one of the following excluded groups.
The excluded groups are:
- Those under the age of 18
- People who lack the mental capacity to understand the new arrangements and take the necessary action
- Visitors to England, and those not living here voluntarily
- People who have lived in England for less than 12 months before their death