Who can donate?

Anyone aged from 12 months old to 90 years can be considered as an organ and tissue donor. You shouldn't assume you're not healthy enough or are either too young or old.

However, only around one percent of people will die in circumstances likely to make them medically suitable to become donors.

The factors that will determine a person's suitability to become an organ donor include:

  • the circumstances of how, where and when a person dies
  • any past medical history
  • age is considered, but it is more important to assess organ function you may still become a donor if you smoke, wear glasses, drink alcohol or regularly take medication.