Living Donation

In the UK, latest statistics show that 44% of all organ donors are living donors and living donor transplantation represents 25% of total transplant activity. The latest statistics for all aspects of living donation and transplantation activity are available at with more details provided at

The legal requirements for living donor transplantation are set out in the Human Tissue Act 2004 and Human Tissue (Scotland) Act 2006. The Human Tissue Authority (HTA) is responsible for regulating living donor transplantation under the HT Acts. With the exception of domino donation, as this arises from the patient's treatment, the HTA assess all cases of living donation prior to approving the removal of an organ. Full details and guidance available at

In the UK, living donor transplantation is practised in adult and paediatric settings and both liver and kidneys are transplanted. Living donor kidney transplantation accounts for 96% of activity.

To build on the strength of the UK Strategy for Living Donor Kidney Transplantation 2010-2014, Living Donor Kidney Transplantation 2020: A UK Strategy has been launched with the support of the wider organ donation and transplantation community to match world class performance in living donor kidney transplantation.

For most recent best practice standards and guidelines that apply to living donor transplantation access the British Transplantation Society Standards and Guidelines.

Relevant patient associations and charities can be found in Useful Links
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