Mason Institute advises Scottish government on organ donation policy

Activity: Consultancy typesProviding oral or written evidence for non-academic board, committee, working group or advisory panel

Description

On Tuesday 27th November 2018 MI Deputy Directors and policy portfolio leads, Emily Postan and Annie Sorbie, attended the Health and Sport Committee to provide evidence on our MI consultation response to the Human Tissue (Authorisation) (Scotland) Bill. This Bill makes provision for the authorisation of the removal and use of parts of the body of a deceased person for transplantation and other purposes. Significantly, it proposes that Scotland move from the current ‘opt-in’ system, in which an individual’s organs may be used for transplantation only when they (or, after their death, a close relative) have explicitly authorised this, to one of ‘deemed authorisation’. Under the proposed law, adults who have not formally registered their wishes will be deemed to have authorised the use of their organs for transplant purposes, with some exceptions for particular groups of persons and types of body parts. Under the new law the option to ‘opt-out’ of donation will be placed on a statutory footing (as will a third option of explicitly ‘opting in’).
Period27 Nov 2018
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