Questions and answers about organ donation

How to and why become an organ donor

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.


Why be an organ donor?

1. Organ donation saves lives

At any given time there are between 400 and 500 people on the waiting list for a new, life saving organ. Organ donation is, for many, the only way out of a fatal disease. Since 1969 over 12,000 people in Norway have been saved by organ donation. One donor can save up to seven lives. Seven people with family, friends and colleagues. A saved life pleases many.

2. What comes around goes around

Would you say yes to a donated organ if it could save your life? Organ donation is based on volunteerism and altruism. The scheme wouldn’t work if no one said yes. Did you know that you are three-times more likely to need a lifesaving organ than you are to be an organ donor? If you are prepared to receive then you should be prepared to give.

3. Make the decision so that your family doesn’t have to

Every year many families experience one of their relatives being seriously injured in an accident or being affected by a cerebral haemorrhage or thrombosis. If organ donation is a possibility, the doctor will ask the next-of-kin what the deceased would have wanted. If the wishes of the deceased are not known, the next-of-kin can decide. For many families this can be a difficult decision. That’s why it is important to inform your next-of-kin so that they don’t have to make the decision on your behalf.

Say yes to organ donation today!


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