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EDQM Strasbourg, France 04/10/2023
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European Donation Day 2023 – Your present is their future

Organ transplantation and the human application of tissues and cells save more and more lives every year and help thousands of patients recover vital functions and lead better lives. But the number of people in need of transplantable organs, tissues and cells continues to grow at an even greater rate, meaning that an increasing number of patients languish and even die while waiting for a transplant.

European Donation Day (EDD) – the European day for organ, tissue and cell donation – was created almost 30 years ago with two main purposes: to increase awareness that everyone can be an active part of the solution – posthumously or during their lifetime – to this long-standing problem, and to honour donors, their families and the healthcare professionals without whom countless lives could not be saved or improved. In 2023, EDD is celebrated on 7 October.

#EuropeanDonationDay social media campaign

Every year, the European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines & HealthCare (EDQM) deploys an awareness-raising campaign on the need for organ, tissue and cell donation and to promote voluntary and non-remunerated donation. This year’s campaign, under the theme “your present is their future”, emphasises the importance of organ, tissue and cell donation as a deeply compassionate gift through which a donor’s present can make all the difference to the receiver’s future. It also underlines the values behind the act of donation: generosity, compassion, kindness and hope. The campaign aims to inform and provide perspective, but also to thank donors for the gift of life.

For more information, read the press release “European Donation Day 2023 – Your present is their future”.