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28 August 2019
The popular initiative 'Supporting organ donation – saving lives' calls for the introduction of a narrow contradiction solution in order to substantially increase the number of organ donations.
At present, the consent solution applies in Switzerland and organ donation is possible only if the deceased agreed during their lifetime to donate their organs.
The new contradiction solution would allow organs to be removed from a deceased person if they did not oppose this during their lifetime. If there is no expression of will by the deceased, the relatives decide on organ donation.
The Federal Council supports the proposal in principle, but suggests introducing a broader contradiction solution in order to safeguard relatives' rights.
Relatives will remain able to refuse organ donations if this is in accordance with the will of the deceased person.
At its meeting on 14 June 2019, the Federal Council instructed the Federal Department of Home Affairs to draft an indirect counterproposal.
For further information on this topic please contact Andreas Wildi at Walder Wyss by telephone (+41 58 658 20 00) or email (email@example.com). The Walder Wyss website can be accessed at www.walderwyss.com.
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