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The guidance clarifies the practices that should already be in place to undertake removal of regenerative material within the law, and put the donor’s best interests at the forefront of any decision.
Key issues to be aware of:
The HTA only has the power to make a decision on a case if the donor is a child not competent to consent, or an adult lacking capacity to consent. The HTA must therefore explore competence before confirming whether or not we can make a decision on the case. If a child appears to have competence...
Yes. The law is clear that a child becomes legally competent to make their own decisions on medical treatment matters when the child has sufficient capabilities and intelligence to fully understand what is proposed. If a child has this level of understanding and intelligence the child can give...
The HTA regulates organ donation and transplantation under the European Union Organ Donation Directive, which was transposed into UK law via The Quality and Safety of Organs Intended for Transplantation Regulations 2012 and the Quality and Safety of Organs Intended for Transplantation (Amendment...
Yes, it is possible in some circumstances to donate organs and/or tissues from infants. Advice should be sought from medical professionals if such a situation occurs.
Deceased donation in the UK is unconditional and subject to clinical priority. However, in some exceptional cases people can request that an organ/s be given to a family member or close friend who is waiting for an organ transplant on the national waiting list.
Yes. There are rare occasions where an exchange of organs between European countries takes place. This means that patients in the UK benefit from an organ transplant they otherwise may not have received. NHS Blood and Transplant facilitate and organise this on the occasions when it occurs.
On some occasions when a person dies, their organs and/or tissues might be suitable for use in transplantation.
Suitable organ donors are those that fall into one of the following categories:
Donated organs can only be used for the purposes for which consent is in place. The Organ Donor Register can only be used to register wishes in relation to organ and tissue donation for transplantation.
Where consent has been given by the donor in life, but relatives object to organ or tissue donation proceeding, then relatives should be sensitively supported to respect the donor’s consent, to ensure his or her wishes are fulfilled. A relative’s objection does not nullify appropriate, valid...