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Deceased organ donor rate both DBD and DCD in Europe 2018-2019

In 2019, Spain had the highest rate of deceased donors in Europe. The rate of organ donation, including donation after brain death (DBD) and after cardiac death (DCD), was 49.6 per million population. Portugal had the second highest rate of deceased organ donation in Europe after increasing to a rate of 33.7 per million population. Finland experienced the largest increase in the rate of organ donation between 2018 and 2019, going from 21.3 to 25.9 donors per million population.

Waiting times for organs

Among the Eurotransplant community (composed of Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Germany, Hungary, Luxembourg, Netherlands and Slovenia) around 1.2 thousand individuals died while on the transplant waiting list in 2019. Almost half of those that died on the list were waiting for a kidney, followed by around a quarter waiting for a liver.

Situation in the UK

In the period 2019/20, almost 3.8 thousand organ donations were carried out in the UK, this figure has generally increased in recent years. There were over 6.1 thousand patients on the transplant waiting list in the UK in 2020, indicating that although the number of transplants is increasing, the amount is still not enough to match the demand for organs.

Rate of deceased organ donors including both donation after brain death (DBD) and donation after cardiac death (DCD) in Europe from 2018 to 2019, by country

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Release date

October 2020



Survey time period

2018 to 2019

Supplementary notes

DBD means donation after brain death. DCD means donation after cardiac death.

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