World Organ Donation Day 2021

13th August 2021

World Organ Donation Day is observed on August 13, every year to raise awareness about the importance of organ donation and to motivate people for donating organs after death. Donating an organ is highly valued, as it is gifting and saving the life of someone, as one organ donor can save up to eight lives.

The NI Assembly Committee for Health would like to hear your views on the Organ and Tissue (Deemed Consent) Bill. 

The Organ and Tissue (Deemed Consent) Bill was introduced by the Minister of Health on 5 July 2021. The purpose of the Bill is to increase the current rate of consent for organ donation to proceed after a person’s death, by changing the current system in Northern Ireland, in which people can choose to ‘opt in ‘or ‘opt out’ on the NHS Organ Donor Register (ODR), to a new statutory opt-out system.

Click here to read the Bill in full.

Click here to read the Explanatory and Financial Memorandum.

The Patient and Client Council will be hosting a virtual session to give YOU the opportunity to share your views with MLA representatives from the Health Committee on Wednesday 18th August 6.30-8pm.

In addition, the Patient and Client Council are hosting an Organ and Tissue Donation (Deemed Consent) Bill Survey. Click here to share your thoughts and views. 

Spaces are limited, please register your attendance using the form below. 

If you are unable to attend but would like to have your opinion heard, written submissions should be sent electronically in Word format (not PDF) to: . The closing date for written submissions is Friday, 24 September 2021. Alternatively, the Patient and Client Council will host a survey, through which you can share your views and opinions. The survey will open shortly.