From 20 May 2020, all adults in England will be considered to have agreed to be
an organ and tissue donor when they die unless they recorded a decision not to
donate or are in one of the excluded groups (see ‘Who will this change affect?’).
This is commonly referred to as an ‘opt out’ system.
This means that if you have not confirmed whether you want to be an organ donor
– either by recording a decision on the NHS Organ Donor Register or by speaking
to friends or family – it will be considered that you agree to donate your organs
when you die.
Organ donation remains an act of great generosity. You still have the right to
choose whether or not to be an organ donor. Your family will still be consulted
about donating your organs when you di.