National legislation on organ donation

Main law references

2004 Law on transplantation of human organs for medical purposes NN 144/12 and related ordinances.

Expression of consent or dissent to the donation and organs that can be donated

There is no age limit to be able to donate (in the case of minors, parental consent is required).

Donation from a deceased person can only occur after brain death (determined by two clinical trials)

Living donor organs / tissues are only collected if there are no appropriate organs / tissues of a deceased person and there is no other approximately equal treatment method

Transplantation from living donors is performed in individual cases, ensuring compliance with rigorous professional and bioethical standards, after the approval of the institutional ethics committee and written consent of the recipient

Consent modalities: presumed consent, opt-out system (however, it is customary to consult the family of the deceased person and the family’s decision is respected)

Organs that can be donated: pancreas, liver, kidney, small intestine, heart, lung

Possibility of multi-organ transplants: Yes

National laws on organ donation


Organizations and contacts

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logo Associazione Croata di Trapianti
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