France’s new policy makes every citizen an organ donor unless one chooses to opt out

organ donation

From 1st January 2017, France laid out a new policy that makes every citizen an organ donor unless they decide to opt out. Before 2017, organ donation was considered only if a person made their preference for donation clear.

The policy aligns with a number of other European countries such as Spain and Austria, where ‘presumed consent’, meaning anyone can become an organ donor when they die unless they specifically choose not to. In 2015, Wales became the first UK nation to implement presumed consent.

The citizen of France will now have to sign up to a new National Rejection Register to ensure if they do not want to opt for organ donation. The same will be checked by the medical teams at the time of death before considering organ or tissue removal.