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The Human Tissue (Authorisation) (Scotland) Bill 26/02/2019 A Bill to introduce a soft opt-out system of organ and tissue donation for deceased donors will be debated in the Scottish Parliament today.

The Human Tissue (Authorisation) (Scotland) Bill

A Bill to introduce a soft opt-out system of organ and tissue donation for deceased donors will be debated in the Scottish Parliament today. Members will be asked to agree to the general principles of the Human Tissue (Authorisation) (Scotland) Bill.

The Bill amends the existing Scottish legislation that supports donation by introducing a new, additional form of authorisation called ‘deemed authorisation’. This means that donation may proceed, where a person was not known to have any objection to donation.

The Bill includes safeguards to ensure that donation will not go ahead where it would be clearly against the person’s wishes.

Under the proposed system there will also be protections for adults without capacity to understand deemed authorisation, adults resident in Scotland for less than 12 months and children under 16 who will not be subject to deemed authorisation and will only be able to donate if they, or someone on their behalf, explicitly authorises it.

The opt-out system will add to the package of measures which have led to significant increases in donation and transplantation over the last decade.

Further details are available here.

 

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