Organ Donation (Deemed Consent) Act 2019

Document Number:2019 CHAPTER 7
 
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An Act to make amendments of the Human Tissue Act 2004 concerning consent to activities done for the purpose of transplantation; and for connected purposes.

Be it enacted by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

1“Appropriate consent” to adult transplantation activities: England

(1) Section 3 of the Human Tissue Act 2004 (“appropriate consent”: adults) is amended as follows.

(2) In subsection (6) , after paragraph (b) insert—

“(ba) if neither paragraph (a) nor paragraph (b) applies and the activity is one to which subsection (6 A) applies, the deemed consent of the person concerned;”.

(3) In subsection (6) , in paragraph (c) after “applies” insert “and the activity is not one to which subsection (6 A) applies”.

(4) After subsection (6) insert—

“(6 A) This subsection applies to the following activities done in England unless the body is the body of an excepted adult—

(a) the storage of the body of a deceased person for use for the purpose of transplantation;

(b) the removal from the body of a deceased person, for use for the purpose of transplantation, of any permitted material of which the body consists or which it contains;

(c) the storage for use for the purpose of transplantation of any permitted material which has come from a human body;

(d) the use for the purpose of transplantation of any permitted material which has come from a human body.

(6 B) The person concerned is to be deemed, for the purposes of subsection (6)(ba) , to have consented to the activity unless a person who stood in a qualifying relationship to the person concerned immediately before death provides information that would lead a reasonable person to conclude that the person concerned would not have consented.”

(5) After subsection (8) insert—

“(9) In subsection (6 A)—

“excepted adult” means—

an adult who has died and who had not been ordinarily resident in England for a period of at least 12 months immediately before dying, or

an adult who has died and who for a significant period before dying lacked capacity to understand the effect of subsection (6)(ba);

“permitted material” means relevant material other than relevant material of a type specified in regulations made by the Secretary of State.

(10) For the purposes of the definition of “excepted adult” in subsection (9) a significant period means a...

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