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Snapshot: Changing Organ Donation Laws in Scotland

From the 26th March 2021, laws on organ and tissue donation are changing in Scotland. Previously, individuals could sign up to the Organ Donor Register if they wished to donate upon their death. This will soon change to an opt-out, ‘deemed authorisation’ system. If you do not opt-out and die in a way that makes organ donation possible, the law allows for the donation to proceed. The decision will still be discussed with family and friends to ensure the choice to donate aligns with your views. As only around 1% of deaths occur in a way that makes organ donation possible, this widening of the legal net aims to identify additional individuals who wish to donate their valuable organs.

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