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Organs: Donors

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 15 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has held on the proposed Europe-wide organ donor card. (204266)

In May 2007, a European Commission (EC) Communication on organ donation suggested that the introduction of a European donor card might help increase organ donation rates across the European Union. The European Parliament has also inter alia called for an EU donor card, that would complement existing national systems. However, the potential benefits and risks of a European donor card continue to be discussed by member states as part of a wider consideration of the EC's Communication.