New law makes all Serbian citizens organ donors by default

The Serbian National Assembly on Tuesday adopted the Law on Human Cells and Tissues, and the Law on Transplantation of Organs.

Source: Beta, Tanjug
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Members of the Assembly ("people's deputies") voted to pass this legislation that makes all citizens potential organ donors - unless they opt out by "expressly objecting to it, addressing the Administration for Biomedicine" - an institution that is yet to be established in Belgrade.

Those who do not wish their organs to be harvested after death will have to state this decision "either in writing or verbally" to the said institution.

The new law allows removal of organs for transplantation from the deceased, unless they objected to this while alive, and unless their parent, spouse, common law spouse, or adult child objects to it at the moment of death.

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