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( Updated at 12/01/2023 )
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Why do I have to register as a non-donor?

Portuguese legislation is based on the concept of presumed donation, so that a person acquires the status of donor from the moment he or she is born. Someone who wishes not to be a donor will have to register with the National Registry of Non-Donors (RENNDA) on their own initiative, or through someone with the right to represent them (parents, in the case of minors). This objection may be in whole or in part.

How can I register?

Registration in the National Registry of Non-Donors (RENNDA) is carried out through the presentation of a printed form from the Ministry of Health, by the interested party or by whoever represents him/her, in any health unit.

The completion of the form is controlled by the employee at the time of its presentation and upon presentation of identification. Receipt of the form shall be confirmed by the immediate delivery of a copy certifying that the form has been entered by the services, legibly signed by the official or agent responsible.

Registration with RENNDA takes effect four working days after receipt of the form.

Where can I register?

You can register as a non-donor at any health centre.

When can I register?

You can submit your non-donor registration at any time.

Who can register as a non-donor?

The person who wishes to oppose the donation or his/her legal representative may submit the registration as a non-donor.

What documents are required?

To register as a non-donor, only the Citizen Card is required.

What data is collected for registration?

The personal data collected for automated processing are:

  • name
  • dwelling
  • naturalness
  • nationality
  • Date of birth
  • sex
  • Citizen Card
  • organs, tissues or purposes that are not donated

The data is kept for 10 years following the death of the registrant.

How much does it cost?

This request is free of charge for the user.

Am I entitled to a non-donor card?

All citizens who have registered in the National Registry of Non-Donors (RENNDA) are provided with an individual non-donor card.

The Shared Services of the Ministry of Health (SPMS) issues and sends to the recipient the individual non-donor card within a maximum period of 30 days from the receipt of the form opposing the donation.

Who can consult the National Register of Non-Donors?

Public or private hospitals that carry out post-mortem procurement of tissues or organs must, before starting the collection, check for the existence of opposition or restrictions to donation contained in the National Registry of Non-Donors (RENNDA). To do so, they have access to RENNDA.

The collection of tissues by the institutes of forensic medicine can only be carried out after verification of the non-opposition to it, through consultation with RENNDA.

Source: Directorate-General for Health (DGS)

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