Opting-out Registry of person refusing organ donation
In Austria, organs, parts of organs or tissue of potential donors may be removed if the person in question did not expressly refuse organ donation before their death.
In order to document such objections effectively, the Opting-out Registry of persons refusing organ donation was established. Apart from refusals documented in the Registry, also other forms of refusal of post-mortem organ donations are respected (e.g., a written explanation among the identification papers or an oral refusal witnessed by relatives).
The Opting-out Registry has primarily been designed for people living in Austria, and the Austrian social security number is used as the main identification tool. Persons who are staying in Austria for a short time only (for holidays, conferences, family visits) should preferably keep their written personal wishes regarding donations, among their identification papers (consent: I am willing to donate my organs; refusal: I do not want to donate my organs). Their wish is respected in the event of death. In addition, this person’s relatives are consulted.
For entries in, or cancellation of entries from, the Opting-out Register, please download the corresponding form (see below). Entries and cancellations are possible for persons of 16 years or older.
Contact: Susanne Likarz, Tel.: +43 1 515 61, wr(at)goeg.at
Männergesundheitsportal. Vielfältige Informationen und Anregungen für ein gesundes und bewegtes Männerleben.
Brochure on the Austrian Health Care System. Free overview of the Austrian health care system.