ORGAN DONATION SYSTEM BY COUNTRY (AND HOW TO BE DONOR)

This is a community-sourced list to help people learn about the organ donation system in their country. It is ever expanding and changing with your help. Not all information will be correct/up to date, please do your own research before donating your organs.

SELECT YOUR COUNTRY...

Afganistan - Argentina - Armenia - Australia - Austria - Azerbaijan - Bahrain - Bangladesh - Barbados - Belarus - Belgium - Bosnia and Herzegovina - Brazil - Bulgaria - Canada - China (and Hong Kong) - Croatia - Cyprus - Czech Republic - Denmark - Estonia - Finland - France - Georgia - Germany - Greece - Hungary - Iceland - India - Indonesia - Ireland - Italy - Japan - Latvia - Lithuania - Luxembourg - Malta - Moldova - Netherlands - New Zealand - Nigeria - Norway - Pakistan - Poland - Portugal - Romania - Russia - Slovakia - Slovenia - South Africa - Spain - Sweden - Switzerland - Turkey - Turkmenistan - United Kingdom - United States

Your country not on the list?

WHAT DOES OPT-OUT, OPT-IN & TACIT MEAN?

Opt-out: Your consent to donate organs after death is automatically presumed. However (in most countries) your family still has the option to deny donation after death - it is important to discuss your wishes with them in advance.

Opt-in: By default, you do NOT consent to organ donation upon death. To donate organs you must register your wishes via a formal program (if one exists), AND make your wishes explicitly known to your family.

Tacit Consent: Your consent to donate organs after death is generally implied, however there is often no formal program in place. Your family still has the option to deny donation after death - it is important to discuss your wishes with them in advance.

No current donation program: Organ donation may still be possible. Make your wishes explicitly known to your family and via written consent (e.g. will).


AFGANISTAN

No current donation program. You can still make your wishes known via family.


ARGENTINA

Opt-out.

www.incucai.gov.ar 


ARMENIA

Opt-in. No formal system in place, must make wishes explict via written consent and family..

www.moh.am


AUSTRIA

Opt-out. Part of the Eurotransplant network.

www.bmgf.gv.at 

WWW.goeg.at

WWW.EUROTRANSPLANT.ORG


AZERBAIJAN

Opt-in. Must make wishes explict via written consent. Electronic registry coming soon.


BAHRAIN

Opt-in. Must make wishes explict via written consent and family. Formal database coming soon.

www.moh.gov.bh


BANGLADESH

Opt-in. No formal system in place, must make wishes explict via written consent and family.

www.kidneyfoundationbd.com


BARBADOS

Opt-in. No formal system in place, must make wishes explict via written consent and family.


BELARUS

Opt-out.

www.m9gkb.by


BELGIUM

Opt-out. Part of the Eurotransplant network.

www.transplant.be

WWW.EUROTRANSPLANT.ORG


BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

Opt-in. No unified registry. Must make wishes explict via written consent and family.


BRAZIL

Opt-in. No formal national register (may vary locally). Donor cards are avaible but decision is always next of kin's.

www.abto.org.br


CANADA

Opt-in. Registration varies by province/territory.

WWW.blood.cA

www.cantransplant.ca


CROATIA

Opt-out. Part of the Eurotransplant network.

www.miz.hr 

www.hdm.hr

www.mzss.hr

WWW.EUROTRANSPLANT.ORG


CYPRUS

Tacit consent.

www.moh.gov.cy


CZECH REPUBLIC

Tacit consent.

www.mzcr.cz

www.kst.cz


DENMARK

Opt-in. Part of the Scandiatransplant network.

www.organdonation.dk

www.scandiatransplant.org


ESTONIA

Tacit consent. Part of the Scandiatransplant network.

www.kliinikum.ee

www.elundidoonorlus.ee

www.scandiatransplant.org


FINLAND

Opt-out. Part of the Scandiatransplant network.

www.hus.fi

www.scandiatransplant.org


GREECE

Tacit consent.

www.eom.gr


HUNGARY

Tacit consent. Part of the Eurotransplant network.

www.ovsz.hu

www.hnbts.hu

WWW.EUROTRANSPLANT.ORG


ICELAND

Opt-out. Part of the Scandiatransplant network.

www.hjartaheill.is

www.nyra.is

www.scandiatransplant.org


INDONESIA

Opt-in. No formal system in place, must make wishes explict via family.

WWW.bankmataindonesia.org (CORNEAS ONLY)


IRELAND

Tacit consent.

www.hse.ie


LITHUANIA

Tacit consent.

www.ntb.lrv.lt


LUXEMBOURG

Tacit consent. Part of the Eurotransplant network.

www.ms.public.lu

www.dondorganes.public.lu

WWW.EUROTRANSPLANT.ORG


NIGERIA

Opt-in. No formal system in place, must make wishes explict via written consent and family.


NORWAY

Opt-out. Part of the Scandiatransplant network.

www.helsedirektoratet.no

www.organdonasjon.no

www.scandiatransplant.org


PAKISTAN

Opt-in. Must make wishes explict via family.

www.tx-society-pk.org

www.hota.pk


POLAND

Tacit consent.

www.poltransplant.pl


PORTUGAL

Tacit consent.

www.dgs.pt

www.ipst.pt


ROMANIA

Tacit consent.

www.transplant.ro


SLOVENIA

Tacit consent. Part of the Eurotransplant network.

www.slovenija-transplant.si

WWW.EUROTRANSPLANT.ORG


SOUTH AFRICA

Opt-in.

www.odf.org.za


SPAIN

Opt-out.

www.ont.es


SWEDEN

Opt-out. Part of the Scandiatransplant network.

www.livsviktigt.se

www.socialstyrelsen.se

www.scandiatransplant.org


TURKMENISTAN

No current donation program. You can still make your wishes known via family.


UNITED KINGDOM

Opt-in.

www.organdonation.nhs.uk 

 

WALES

Opt-out.


UNITED STATES

Opt-in. Registration varies by state/terittory. Select your state from the DMV's website.

www.dmv.org

www.organdonor.gov

www.organize.org

www.unos.org