Organ and tissue donation and transplantation: analysis of consultation responses

Responses to consultation on ways of increasing the numbers of organ and tissue donations.


The following terms are used throughout this report to refer to organ and tissue donation systems:

Opt in: In this system, a person must either express a wish to donate their organs or tissue, or a relative can authorise donation on their behalf. This is the current system in Scotland.

Opt out: In this system, organs and tissue can be taken for transplantation unless a person has made it clear they do not wish this to happen after their death. This type of system is also known as deemed authorisation.

Soft opt out: This system builds on deemed authorisation, but also incorporates additional safeguards and conditions which might include seeking authorisation from the person's nearest relative, for certain groups of people, or in certain circumstances.


Email: Fern Morris

Phone: 0300 244 4000 – Central Enquiry Unit

The Scottish Government
St Andrew's House
Regent Road

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