New organ donor law prompts flurry of ‘no donation’ registrations


Some 30,000 people accessed the current Dutch organ donor register following Tuesday night’s historic vote to say that they did not want their organs to be donated after their death.

In total, nearly 29,500 new registrations were made, of whom 24,500 opted out of donation. In addition, over 6,000 people who were already on the register changed their choice to a no vote.

The other new registrations were split between people who wanted to be a donor and those who would leave the choice up to their relatives, broadcaster RTL reported.

Over 6.1 million people are currently included on the organ donation register, and 60% are in favour of being donors. Almost 12% will leave the donation up to relatives and the rest are opposed.

The new system, which will come into effect in summer 2020, is a ‘yes but’ register. Everyone will be included and will be considered a potential donor unless they have specifically said that they do not want to donate their organs after death.

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