Presumed consent: Argentina changes law on organ donation

Publié le 23 Jul, 2018

The Argentina’s Lower House has adopted “Justina’s law” which presumes consent for organ donation. As from today, “all adults over 18 are organ donors unless they expressly indicate otherwise before death”. Up until now, organ donors have had to give their consent. Unless the deceased person had left explicit instructions, relatives were given the decision regarding organ donation.


Argentina’s National Institute for the Coordination of Ablation and Implantation (INCUCAI) hopes that this will boost donations and enable more transplants to be carried out.


The law is named after Justina Lo Cane, a 12-year-old girl who died from heart disease in November 2017.


See also:

Is Switzerland heading towards presumed consent for organ donation?

Wales: presumed consent but no increase in the number of available organs

England: presumed organ donation consent in question

Organ donation in Scotland: transition towards a system of presumed consent

Number of entries in the refusal register for organ donation in France has doubled since 1 January

Organ donation: the “ethical weakness” of presumed consent

AFP (05/07/2018)

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