Press Release

Minister Harney launches public consultation on consent for the donation of organs for transplantation after death.

Mary Harney, T.D., Minister for Health and Children, will tomorrow (Friday, January 9th), launch a public consultation on systems of consent for the donation of organs for transplantation after death.

Advertisements have been placed in national newspapers tomorrow, 9th January, inviting the views of interested parties and the wider public on the merits of ‘opt-in’, ‘opt-out’ and ‘mandated choice’ systems of consent for donation and on how they should operate in practice.

Latest date for receipt of responses is 28th February 2009.

The Minister said that she strongly encourages all members of the public and any interest groups to submit their views on this important issue.

“I am particularly interested in hearing people’s views on ways of increasing the number of organs donated for transplantation. Transplantation is an established and very successful treatment which has brought a new lease of life to many people, but its success has meant that demand exceeds supply. Organ donation is a vital life-saving treatment but it entirely dependent on the generosity of others.”

The Minister said that she would encourage more organ donation which would ultimately lead to an increase in the number of lives saved.

“I would also like to encourage everyone to carry an organ donor card, and most importantly, discuss their decision on organ donation with their loved ones”said the Minister.

This consultation on consent for organ donation is part of a broader public consultation in preparing a Human Tissue Bill which will regulate the removal, retention, storage, use and disposal of human tissue from deceased persons and related matters, including the issue of consent for donation of organs for transplantation after death.