Who is allowed to record their choice?

You may record your choice in the Donorregister if you are:

  1. aged 12 or over
  2. registered as a resident of a Dutch municipality
  3. competent to make medical choices

Aged under 12

Children younger than 12 cannot record their choice in the Donorregister or have it recorded for them. In such cases, the doctor will ask for permission from the parents or guardians. Donation is not possible if there is a difference of opinion between the parents or guardians.

Ages 12 to 16

Children aged 12 to 16 can record their own choice in the Donorregister. If a ‘yes’ has been registered, the parents or guardians can still prevent the request to donate. Organ donation will then not take place. If both parents (or the guardian) are absent or unreachable, organ donation may take place. If a ‘no’ has been registered, the parents or guardians cannot overrule it. In that case, donation will not take place.

From the age of 16

Everyone aged 16 or older may decide for themselves whether or not to be a donor. All young people receive a form after their eighteenth birthday. This lets them record a choice in the Donorregister.

Incapacity to give consent

People who do not fully understand what organ and tissue donation involves may not be registered as donors.

Parents, other legal representatives, family members, supervisors and other people involved may also never complete and sign a donor form on behalf of someone who is incapable of giving consent.

Validity of registration in incapacity to give consent

If someone who is incapable of giving consent dies, no organs or tissues will be used for transplants. If someone has recorded their choice and then become incapable of giving consent, the registration does remain valid.