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European Day for Organ Donation and Transplantation

Public awareness
12 October 2019

The EDQM/Council of Europe celebrates the European Day for Organ Donation and Transplantation (EODD) with the aim of drawing public attention to organ donation and transplantation. EODD is organised in a different member state every year, usually on the second Saturday of October. The main objectives are to raise public awareness and encourage public debate; to establish trust among the general public towards responsible, ethical, non-commercial and professional organ donation and transplantation; and to engage policy-makers and the medical community.

EODD is also an opportunity to honour all organ donors and their families and to thank transplantation professionals throughout Europe whose hard work helps to save lives and improve the quality of life of many people.

Here are a few facts and figures which illustrate the state of organ donation and transplantation in Europe, according to the most recent data available (full detail in our Newsletter Transplant 2018 ). 

Please consult as well our Factsheet on The European Day for Organ Donation and Transplantation.

How can you contribute?

Talk about organ, tissue and cell donation with those around you! Family, friends and colleagues; organ donation and transplantation concern everyone.

Say yes to organ, tissue and cell donation! Find information on how to become a donor in your own country below. Remember, there’s no age limit to donate!


Support EODD on social media. Follow us on:

 Facebook @EDQMCouncilofEurope

 Twitter @edqm_news #BecomeaSuperhero #OrganDonation #EODD2019

The EDQM makes information and awareness-raising materials available for everyone to use. Become an ambassador of organ, tissue and cell donation in Europe: spread the word around!

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