Relevant Regulation

You can find here below the main Italian norms on organ donation and transplantation, namely the law that in 1999 laid down the present Italian National Network (Law 91 dated April 1st 1999), the rules for stating will of donation (Health Ministerial Decree, March 8, 2000), regulation on cardiac and brain death diagnosis (Law 578 dated December 23rd 1993), Health Ministerial Decree indicating procedures for brain death diagnosis, national guidelines with criteria for assessing donor suitability.

Concerning organ donation, you can find here summarised the five ways to express the will to donate organs and tissues in Italy. All terms are valid and are respected by local coordinators. Please be aware silent consent is not applied. For this reason, it is important to express will about organ and tissue donation during lifetime.

Local health units: Italian citizens and residents can register consent or denial to organ and tissue donation at local health units. Adhoc offices insert these statements directly in the National Transplant Information System that can be consulted at any time by local coordinating medical doctors.

ID paper: in several Town Council offices the will about organ donation is registered when ID paper is requested. Such will is then inserted as well in the National Transplant Information system.

National Donor Association: you can decide to be a member of the national donor association (AIDO), in this case your will is automatically registered in the National Transplant Information System can be consulted at any time by local coordinating medical doctors.

Donor cards: different patient associations distribute donor cards. Any subject can fill one of these, sign, put the date and keep it with your personal documents.

Personal will statement: you can write down your will about organ donation on any sheet of paper. In this case too, you need to sign, date and keep it with your personal documents.

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