Share of people registered on organ donation register in the UK 2010-2020

In 2019/20, 39 percent of the population in the United Kingdom had ‘opted-in’ to the NHS organ donation register, which amounts to over 25.2 million people registered. This means that the individuals allow their organs to be donated after their death. The share of people registered has been increasing since 2009.

Deceased transplant activity in the UK

The number of deceased organ donors in the UK has increased alongside the rise in the opt-in registrations. In 2018/19, approximately four thousand deceased donor transplants took place in the UK, compared to around 2.6 thousand in 2009/10. This amounts to a rate of 24.3 deceased organ transplants per million population (pmp) in the UK in 2018. Spain had the highest rate of organ donation after death with 48.3 pmp.

Rate of transplants in the UK

The overall rate of transplants in the UK was 76.9 transplants per million people in 2018, an increase from the 2017 rate and the eight highest transplant rate in Europe. Although as of March 2019, there were still over six thousand patients on the organ transplant waiting list in the UK, 4.7 thousand of which were waiting for a kidney transplant.

Proportion of opt-in registrations on the NHS organ donation register (ODR) in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2010/11 to 2019/20

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Release date

July 2020


United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland)

Survey time period

2010/11 to 2019/20

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