Scotland has now moved to a new system of presumed consent, or deemed authorisation, with respect to organ donation, writes the Catholic Parliamentary Office.
The Human Tissue (Authorisation) (Scotland) Act changes the law on organ and tissue donation from an opt-in system to a ‘soft opt-out’ system. Authorisation is now presumed for organ/tissue donation for those who have not actively opted out.
Close relatives and next of kin may still be able to stop the removal of organs where it can be shown that it was not the deceased’s wishes that their organs be donated. Hence, the term ‘soft’ to describe the new system.
The Bishops’ Conference of Scotland has released a statement, below, to coincide with the introduction of the new system.
For more information and to update your details on the Organ Donation Register, visit www.organdonationscotland.org or call 0300 303 2094.