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The law around organ and tissue donation is changing, and a campaign is underway to encourage people to make their donation decision known.

From 26th March, Scotland will move to an opt out system of organ and tissue donation to help save and improve lives.

The change in law means that if people aged 16 and over have not recorded a decision about donation, they will be considered as a possible donor when they die.
Everyone has a choice under the new law - to be a donor, or to opt out of donation – but whatever you decide, it’s important to make it known.

The best way to do this is by recording your decision on the NHS Organ Donor Register. Donation remains a personal decision and people can record their choice and preferences there at any time.
As well as recording your donation decision, it’s also important to share it with family and friends so they know what you’d want to happen. Having that knowledge will allow them to share your latest views on donation to help ensure your decision is honoured. 

For more about the law change, or to opt out, visit or call 0300 303 2094.