Consent for organ donation


Last updated 8 August 2023 - see all updates

1. Main facts and figures

  • in 2018/19, around two-thirds of the families of eligible organ donors gave consent to organ donation after the donor had died
  • the families of White donors were 1.7 times as likely to give consent (70.5%) compared with donors from all other ethnic groups combined (41.7%)

2. Things you need to know

What the data measures

This data measures the number of eligible organ donors whose families consented to organ donation. This is shown as a percentage of all eligible organ donors whose families were asked for consent. The data is broken down by ethnicity.

Not included in the data

The data does not include living organ donors.

The ethnic groups used in the data

For this data, ethnicity was categorised into 2 broad ethnic groups:

  • White – including white British and white ethnic minorities

  • Other – all other ethnic groups

In 2018/19, ethnicity was not known for 2.3% of eligible donors whose families were approached. The total for all ethnic groups combined (shown as ‘All’ in the table and chart) includes donors whose ethnicity was not known.


The data presented here is a summary of statistics from the UK Transplant Registry (UKTR).

The UKTR collects this information from NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) and hospital staff.

NHSBT capture information about potential organ donors through the Potential Donor Audit (PDA), which includes all patient deaths in UK intensive care units and emergency departments.

It excludes:

  • deaths on wards
  • patients over 80 years old

In the data file

Download the data for previous years’ figures.

3. By ethnicity

Number and percentage of eligible organ donors whose families agreed to their organs being donated, by ethnicity
Ethnicity Number approached Number who consented % consented
All 3,245 2,181 67.2
White 2,840 2,002 70.5
Other than White 331 138 41.7
Unknown 74 41 55.4

Download table data for ‘By ethnicity’ (CSV) Source data for ‘By ethnicity’ (CSV)

4. Data sources


Type of data

Administrative data

Type of statistic

Official statistics


NHS Blood and Transplant

Publication frequency


Purpose of data source

The source of this data is the UK Transplant Registry (UKTR). The purpose of the data set is to match and allocate organs for transplantation.

5. Download the data

Organ donation - consent - Spreadsheet (csv) 1 KB

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