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Organ donation in the United Kingdom (UK) - Statistics & Facts

Organ donation is the act of donating organs to another individual either whilst living or after death. Until recently, the organ donation system in the United Kingdom was voluntary, meaning consent was not presumed. The proportion of the population ‘opting-in’ to the organ donation register has gradually increased, to 39 percent of the UK population in the period 2019/20.

Organ donation law in the UK

The law surrounding organ donation consent is different across the countries of the UK. In England and Wales there already is ‘deemed consent’ where a person is considered an organ donor unless they opt out. Similar ‘opt out’ legislation should come into force in Scotland during 2021, while the law in Northern Ireland will stay as an ‘opt in’ process. The number of individuals on the organ donation register in the UK increased to 26 million in 2020. In the UK, individuals must indicate whether they want to be on the organ donation register when applying for a driver’s license, this source of registration accounts for over 50 percent of all organ donation registrations.

Increased number of transplants

The number of organ transplantations have generally increased over recent years to almost 3.8 thousand in 2019/20. There were approximately 7.4 thousand potential donors on the register, of which only 1.6 thousand were actual donors. The average number of organs retrieved per adult donor amounts to 3.2 organs across the UK. In contrast, a paediatric donor can donate up to four organs on average. Kidneys top the list as the most transplanted organ in the Uk at approximately 55 transplant procedures per million population. As it stands, there are almost nine thousand patients active on the kidney donation waiting list. Despite the growing number of registrants on the organ transplant register, around 10.5 percent are not prepared to donate their corneas.

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Organ donation in the United Kingdom (UK) - Statistics & Facts

Organ donation is the act of donating organs to another individual either whilst living or after death. Until recently, the organ donation system in the United Kingdom was voluntary, meaning consent was not presumed. The proportion of the population ‘opting-in’ to the organ donation register has gradually increased, to 39 percent of the UK population in the period 2019/20.

Organ donation law in the UK

The law surrounding organ donation consent is different across the countries of the UK. In England and Wales there already is ‘deemed consent’ where a person is considered an organ donor unless they opt out. Similar ‘opt out’ legislation should come into force in Scotland during 2021, while the law in Northern Ireland will stay as an ‘opt in’ process. The number of individuals on the organ donation register in the UK increased to 26 million in 2020. In the UK, individuals must indicate whether they want to be on the organ donation register when applying for a driver’s license, this source of registration accounts for over 50 percent of all organ donation registrations.

Increased number of transplants

The number of organ transplantations have generally increased over recent years to almost 3.8 thousand in 2019/20. There were approximately 7.4 thousand potential donors on the register, of which only 1.6 thousand were actual donors. The average number of organs retrieved per adult donor amounts to 3.2 organs across the UK. In contrast, a paediatric donor can donate up to four organs on average. Kidneys top the list as the most transplanted organ in the Uk at approximately 55 transplant procedures per million population. As it stands, there are almost nine thousand patients active on the kidney donation waiting list. Despite the growing number of registrants on the organ transplant register, around 10.5 percent are not prepared to donate their corneas.

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