New Donor Act 2020

22 July 2020

The Donor Act has been effective since 1 July 2020. This act covers people in the Netherlands aged 18 and older who are registered as living in a Dutch municipality. In the new Donor Register, you state whether you do or do not want to give organs and tissues to a patient after your death. Examples of organs are a kidney or the lungs. Examples of tissues are skin or blood vessels. If you record a choice, your family, partner, or boyfriend/girlfriend knows whether or not you want to become an organ donor.

This is is an article by The Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport

What happens if I don’t fill in a choice?

Everyone in the Netherlands is being given information by the government about the new law.

  • If you have not filled anything into the register by 1 July 2020, from September 2020 you will get a letter asking whether you want to record your choice.
  • If you do not fill anything in after the first letter, you will get a second letter six weeks later.
  • If you still do not fill anything in, ‘No objections to organ donation’ will be noted next to your name after you haven’t replied to the letters by recording your choice.

What does ‘No objections to organ donation’ mean?

If you do not enter a choice in the register, ‘No objections to organ donation’ will be noted next to your name after 1 July 2020. This means that your organs could be given to a patient after your death. The doctor at the hospital will discuss this with your family. If your family is absolutely certain that you did not want to be a donor and can demonstrate this to the doctor, then you will not become a donor. It is therefore important that your partner and family know your choice. And that you record your choice.

Read more about what happens if you become a donor.

What choices can I make?

You have four choices.

  1. Choice: Yes: I want to be a donor
    You may perhaps not want to donate certain organs and tissues. You can also fill this in on the form.
  2. Choice: No: I do not want to be a donor
  3. Choice: My partner or family will decide
    You want your partner or family to decide for you after your death.
  4. Choice: A person nominated by me will decide
    You want someone else to decide for you after your death.

You can change your choice at any time. Read more about the choices available to you.

Why make a choice?

The register then shows exactly what you want. Your partner and family then know whether or not you wanted to be a donor. It is also important that you record your choice in the Donor Register if you do not want to be a donor.

How do I record my choice?

It is important that you fill in whether or not you wanted to be a donor. There are two ways of recording your choice:

  1. Entering a choice with a DigiD on this website.
  2. Completing a paper form and sending it in by post.

Read more about how to record your choice.

Can I change my choice?

You can always change your choice. You can do that on this website or by completing the paper form again.