What choices do you have?

You have four choices when you record a choice in the Donorregister.

1. Yes: I want to be a donor

You want to be a donor. You can donate the following organs and tissues:

  • organs: pancreas, intestines, heart, liver, lungs and kidneys;
  • tissues: blood vessels, bone tissue, heart valves, cartilage, tendons, skin, eyes and nerve tissue.

You may perhaps not want to donate certain organs and tissues. You can fill this in.

Read more about what happens if you become a donor.

Scientific research

Sometimes the doctors will not be able to use your organs or tissues. The doctor will then not use your organs for a patient. Your organs will be used for scientific research. These studies let doctors learn more about transplants.

If you do not want to be part of such studies, you can tell the Donor Register.

2. No: I do not want to be a donor

You do not want to be a donor.

3. My partner or family will decide

Your partner or family can decide in the event of your death.

  • If your partner is available or present in the hospital, the doctor will speak with your partner. Your partner then decides which choice is made.
  • If you do not have a partner or if your partner is not available or is not present in the hospital, the doctor will speak with your family. Your family then decides which choice is made.
  • Is there no partner or family present and are you registered in the Donor Register with this choice? Then you will not become a donor.
  • If there is a disagreement about the donation, then you will not become a donor. the donation will be canceled.

What do the terms ‘partner’ and ‘family’ cover?

A ‘partner’ is:

  • your husband or wife;
  • the man or woman with whom you have a registered partnership;
  • a person with whom you have a relationship and with whom you are living.

‘Family’ are:

  • first and second-degree family members;
  • your partner’s first and second-degree family members.

By which we mean:

  • first-degree: father, mother, son or daughter;
  • second-degree: grandparent, sister, brother or grandchild.

Only family members aged over 18 are allowed to decide.

4. A person nominated by me will decide

You want someone else to decide for you after your death.

  • Discuss this with the person who will be choosing for you.
  • This person may also live abroad.
  • Make sure that the details of this person in the register are correct. If the data changes, update it in the Donor Register as well by changing the details of your choice.
  • If this person cannot be reached after your death, your partner or family will decide whether or not you are to be a donor.