Questions and answers about organ donation

Don’t let unanswered questions prevent you from taking a stand!

Here you can find answers to most questions that you may have about organ donation. All questions are categorized into ten different categories listed in the main menu on this webpage. You can also use the search function at the top of each page. If you can’t find the answer to your question, you are more than welcome to contact us directly by phone on 21 04 34 00 and email at

How do I ensure that I donate?

It is your decision that counts. Your next-of-kin should be able to confirm your decision. You should make sure that you tell your next-of-kin about your thoughts on organ donation, so that they don’t have to make this decision on your behalf. You should also fill out a donor card. Organ donor cards can be found in the brochure ‘Organ Donation – saves lives’, which are located in pharmacies and doctor surgeries. You can also download the app ‘Donor Card’ to your smart phone (iPhone, Android, and Windows phone).

On the donor card you should include the names of two family members or friends who you have informed about your standpoint on organ donation. In the smart phone app, you can add the two names directly from your phone contacts, and they will automatically receive an SMS when you have registered. The donor card can also be printed out. The donor card can be found here.


What is a donor card and a donor card app?

A donor card is a card that allows you to inform others of your standpoint on organ donation and confirms that you have informed your next-of-kin. In addition to your own name, you need to include the names and phone numbers of two family members or friends whom you have also informed.

The donor card can be kept in a wallet. This is a useful place to keep it, especially in the event of an accident as it helps health professionals swiftly establish the next-of-kin. The decision you make about organ donation isn’t registered anywhere. Organ donor cards can be found in the brochure ‘Organ donation – saves lives’, which are located in pharmacies and doctor surgeries. It can also be printed out from our website. Donor cards can also be downloaded via a smart phone app (iPhone, Android, and Windows phone). This works in the same way as the paper card, and can be downloaded from a respective app store. How to be a Donor


Are there any illnesses or medicines that can hinder donation?

Everyone can say yes to organ donation. With each case a comprehensive medical assessment will be carried out determine whether organs are suitable for transplantation. Illnesses like cancer, diabetes and Myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) does not exclude organ donation. Nor does medicine use.


Is there an age limit to be an organ donor?

There is no upper or lower age limit to be an organ donor. There is a need for organ donation in all ages.

The oldest donor in Norway was 89 years old. For heart and lung transplants there is a practical upper age limit for donation of 50-60 years. For other organs, e.g. the kidneys or liver – there is no age limit as long as the organs themselves are healthy. If you have said yes to donation and given your consent then healthcare personnel will confirm if organ donation is possible when the situation applies.

If you are under 16 years of age, then your parents/guardians details must be given as your next-of-kin on your donor card.


Religious beliefs about organ donation

The main world religions and most religious communities are positive to organ donation or at least allow it under certain conditions. Many religions consider it an expression of charity. Other religions have no stance and leave it up to the individual to decide. But in all religions there are groups and individuals who are for or against organ donation.