New Organ Donation Legislation to Come into Effect on 1 June 2023 (Dáithí’s Law)

From 1 June 2023, all adults in Northern Ireland will be considered potential organ donors unless they choose to opt out or are in an excluded group.

The Organ and Tissue Donation (Deemed Consent) legislation, known as ‘Dáithí’s Law’ in honour of six-year-old Dáithí Mac Gabhann, will change the way consent is granted. The 1st of June is exactly 5 years from when Dáithí was added to the transplant waiting list.

We encourage everyone to consider their organ donation decision, record it on the NHS Organ Donor Register, and most importantly #HaveTheChat with loved ones so they are aware of your decision.

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