Scottish Parliament gives nod to the opt-out system for organ donation

  • Scottish Government
  • 11 Jun 2019

  • curated by Pavankumar Kamat
  • UK Medical News
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The Scottish Parliament recently passed the legislation for introducing an opt-out system of organ and tissue donation for deceased donors.

The Human Tissue (Authorisation) (Scotland) Bill was introduced to the Parliament on 8 June 2018 to enhance the existing measures aimed at improving organ donation rates in Scotland.

The new legislation introduces an additional form of authorisation called ‘deemed authorisation’. This means that if an adult does not choose to opt-in or opt-out, they are deemed to have no objection to donation. Adults incapable of understanding deemed authorisation, adults who have lived in Scotland for

The Government plans to coordinate with stakeholders for ensuring that systems and training for health professionals are ready before the opt-out law takes effect. A high-profile public awareness campaign will run months before the new system is introduced and will be regularly conducted after implementation.

Joe FitzPatrick, The Scottish Public Health Minister said: "Evidence shows that opt-out systems can make a difference as part of a wider package of measures and this Bill provides further opportunities to both save and improve lives."