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Consent for Organ Donation in Canada

Published in 2018 by the Library of Parliament (HillNotes), this article focuses on the concept of presumed consent. Also known as the “opt-out” approach, presumed consent is when individuals are presumed to have consented to organ donation following death, unless they express a wish before death not to be organ donors.

This approach differs from explicit consent (“opt-in”), which is a system that allows individuals to indicate their choice to become a donor following death, either through a registry, health card or driver’s licence. Where a choice has not been expressed, next of kin can consent to the donation.

This article outlines several of the major considerations in the debate about presumed consent.

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