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Information on the number of registered organ donors by year since 2010.

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First published:
26 May 2022
Last updated:


25 May 2022



ATISN 16531 – Organ Donor

Thank you for your request to the Welsh Government for information under the Freedom of Information Act (2000) received on 24 May relating to organ donors.  You requested the following:

  • The number of registered organ donors by year since 2010


I have listed the information you have requested in the table below, shown by year for the whole of the UK (including Wales), Isle of Man and Channel Islands and Wales separately, in case of interest. I have also shown the percentage of population registered:


Whole of UK (including Wales), plus Isle of Man and Channel Islands                         

Wales (shown separately)

2010/11   17,751,795 (29%)     927,484 (31%)
2011/12    18,693,549 (30%)   942,798 (31%)
2012/13   19,532,806 (31%)  968,751 (32%)
2013/14 20,239,715 (32%)    1,004,593 (33%)
2014/15     21,097,353 (33%)  1,046,459 (34%)
2015/16   22,486,594 (35%)  1,113,090 (36%)
2016/17    23,642,565 (36%)  1,171,300 (38%)
2017/18     24,942,992 (38%)    1,234,025 (40%)
2018/19  25,292,513 (38%)    1,245,173 (40%)
2019/20     26,037,200 (39%) 1,285,286 (41%)
2020/21   26,746,406 (40%)  1,323,716 (42%) 

Source:  Transplant Annual Activity Reports: NHS Blood and Transplant.

Annual Activity Report - ODT Clinical - NHS Blood and Transplant

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For further information about the information which the Welsh Government holds and its use, or if you wish to exercise your rights under the GDPR, please see contact details below:

Data Protection Officer
Welsh Government
Cathays Park    
CF10 3NQ

If you are dissatisfied with the Welsh Government’s handling of your request, you can ask for an internal review within 40 working days of the date of this response. Requests for an internal review should be addressed to the Welsh Government’s Freedom of Information Officer at:

Information Rights Unit, 
Welsh Government, 
Cathays Park, 
CF10 3NQ 

or Email: 

Please remember to quote the ATISN reference number above.

You also have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at:

Information Commissioner’s Office, 
Wycliffe House, 
Water Lane, 
SK9 5AF. 

However, please note that the Commissioner will not normally investigate a complaint until it has been through our own internal review process

Yours sincerely