Blood and Organs Policy

The Department leads and co-ordinates on policy development in relation to the use of blood, tissues and organs.  We support and monitor the standards and delivery of services relating to the use of blood, tissues and organs in Ireland in order that they comply with high international standards for quality and safety.

Functions and Responsibilities

  • Preparation of the General Scheme and Heads of a Human Tissue Bill – The General Scheme will regulate the removal, retention, storage, use and disposal of human tissue from deceased persons; provide general conditions for the removal, donation and use of organs and tissues from deceased and living persons for the purposes of transplantation; and provide for an opt-out system of consent for organ donation and for an associated register.
  • To have policies in place to ensure the delivery of high quality organ donation and transplantation services that will lead to increased levels of organ donation and transplantation in line with EU Directives and EU Action Plan on Organ Donation and Transplantation.
  • To ensure that policies and structures are in place to facilitate the delivery of services relating to the use of blood and tissues in Ireland in compliance with international standards for quality and safety
  • To deal with issues arising in relation to the Hepatitis C and HIV Compensation Tribunal.
  • Governance of the Irish Blood Transfusion Service

Press Release – Human Tissue Bill