Blood Bank and organ donation

A large number of people donate blood to the Icelandic Blood Bank, a contribution that is essential for many types of work performed in the modern hospital. Moreover, each individual can fill in a special card stating their will as regards organ donation after death and complete a living will, which states an individual's wishes regarding treatment at the end of life.

The Blood Bank

  • The Blood Bank, which is the only specialised institution in its field in Iceland, accepts the blood of healthy individuals to help the ill.
  • To be accepted as a blood donor, you must be between 18 and 60 years old, weigh more than 50 kg, be healthy and not taking any medication.
  • The Blood Bank is open on all working days. The bank, moreover, operates a blood collection vehicle that collects blood in the greater Reykjavík area and in neighbouring townships.

Living will and organ donation

  • A living will is a document that states an individual's wishes regarding treatment at the end of life in the event that he or she is unable, due to a mental or physical condition, to participate in making decisions.
  • By signing a living will, individuals can influence decisions that will be made regarding treatment at the end of their lives, and thus free their closest relatives from the burden of making such decisions.
  • Organ donation means that organs or other biological materials are removed from a deceased person and implanted in a patient in need of those organs or materials.
  • The Directorate of Health is responsible for issuing organ donation cards, which people can fill in at their discretion. It is recommended that organ donor cards are stored together with other forms of personal identification.

Links of interest

Laws and regulations