Organdonasjon

Why don’t we have a no-register in Norway?

An opt-out or no-register would mean that unless opposition to organ donation is registered, organs could be removed from the deceased. This type of register has been tried and tested in the Netherlands and Slovakia. However, a third of the population of the Netherlands protested in opposition to this type of register and it was subsequently closed. The feelings towards establishing this type of registry in Norway are similar to those in the Netherlands, as discussed in media debates. An opt-out or no-register involves ensuring that the whole population of Norway knows exactly what this type of register means for them and organ donation. So as to prevent those who oppose organ donation but would not, in theory, be registered as a ‘no’ to donate. To ensure that this process included everyone would be impossible.