It’s been an eventful month for organ donation policy. First, the Welsh National Assembly passed legislation that, from 2015, will make Wales the only part of the UK to have an opt out system for deceased donors. National Transplant Week started on Monday. Then yesterday saw the publication of Taking Organ Transplantation to 2020, which sets out the UK’s latest plans for improving donation rates.
The UK Parliament will soon consider making Britain the first country to allow three person IVF. The regulations are yet to be approved, but the government is currently backing moves to allow the creation of babies with DNA from three people in cases where the children are at risk of inheriting mitochondrial disease.