Human Tissue Authority

The regulator for human tissue and organs

Organ Donation Week 2019 – Pass It On

Issue date: 
02 September 2019

Organ Donation Week will run from Monday 2 September to Sunday 8 September.

The HTA licenses and audits transplant centres that undertake organ donation and transplantation across the UK.

Our regulation makes sure that the quality and safety of organs for transplantation is maintained, and that they are used safely and with consent.

Throughout the week, the HTA will be supporting NHS Blood and Transplant’s (NHS BT) ‘Pass It On’ campaign, which aims to inform the public that the law around organ donation is changing in England. From spring 2020, all adults in England will be considered as having agreed to donate their own organs when they die unless they have recorded a decision not to donate or are in one of the excluded groups.

Together, we will be urging people to talk to their families about organ donation, as they will continue to play an important role, even after the law has changed. Families will still be approached before organ donation goes ahead. Prior knowledge of your donation decision will make them more inclined to support your decision at what will be a difficult time.

A recent survey by NHSBT found that while 84% agreed it was important to let those closest to you know your views on organ donation, only 40% had shared their organ donation decision with their family or partner.

Nicolette Harrison, HTA’s Director of Regulatory Delivery said: “Organ donation can have such a positive and significant impact on numerous lives. Therefore, it is vital that the public are well informed about the upcoming change in law and know what their choices are.

Essentially, we want people to make a decision that is right for them, and to then share this with their family who can help to honour it”.

Anthony Clarkson, Director of Organ Donation and Transplantation for NHS Blood and Transplant said: “We are very grateful to the Human Tissue Authority for its support during Organ Donation Week.

“Even after the law around organ donation changes next year, families will still be approached before organ donation goes ahead. So it remains so important to talk to your families about your views.

“Register your organ donation decision on the NHS Organ Donor Register and tell your family the choice you have made. If the time comes, we know families find the organ donation conversation with nurses or medical teams much easier if they already know what their relative wanted.”

Find out more and register your decision by visiting NHS Organ Donor Register at and share your decision with your family.


  • NHS Blood and Transplant is a joint England and Wales Special Health Authority. We provide the blood donation service for England and the organ donation service for the UK. We also provide donated tissues, stem cells and cord blood. We are an essential part of the NHS, saving and improving lives through public donation.
  • The HTA is a statutory regulator that ensures that appropriate and valid consent needs to be in place when organs and tissue are donated from deceased and living people for transplantation. This means that when donation goes ahead, it is done properly.
  • Read the HTA’s leaflet on consent and organ donation in England and Northern Ireland and the HTA’s leaflet on consent and organ donation in Wales.


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Last updated on: 11 Sep 2019