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.
- deaths on wards
- patients over 80 years old
In the data file
Download the data for previous years’ figures.
3. By ethnicity
|Ethnicity||Number approached||Number who consented||% consented|
|Other than White||331||138||41.7|
4. Data sources
Type of data
Type of statistic
NHS Blood and Transplant
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
Measure, Ethnicity, Ethnicity_type, Time, Time_type, Geography, Value, Value_type, Numerator, Denominator