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European Day for Organ Donation and Transplantation

Public awareness
12 October 2019

Every year, the European Day for Organ Donation and Transplantation (EODD) provides information on donation and transplantation of organs, tissues and cells. With nearly 6 new patients added to waiting lists every hour in Europe, the number of Europeans waiting for an organ keep growing. This year too, the EDQM calls on all Europeans to think about the problem of organ shortages which leaves thousands of patients sitting on waiting lists.

Most organ donors in Europe are persons who die in hospitals:  once death is certified, doctors will consult the next of kin in relation to organ donation. Consent to organ donation cannot always be presumed, at times even in the case of those who have joined a donors’ register, this is why doctors will always consult the family to ascertain consent.

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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