How do I register?
If you want to register as a future Heart Tissue Bank donor, you need to return the filled-in registration form (Dutch). Please note that currently only native speakers of the Dutch language who live in the Netherlands can register as a future donor with the Heart Tissue Bank.
As soon as we receive the registration forms, we will assess whether registration is possible (individuals aged ≥ 18 years that live in the Netherlands and are able to provide informed consent are eligible for inclusion). If so, you will be registered in the Heart Tissue Bank’s donor database and you will receive a codicil card. It will contain your details and the contact details of the Heart Tissue Bank who should be informed after death. It will always be explained in writing if registration is not possible.
For a good course of the donation, the support of your closest relatives or friends is necessary. Therefore, we recommend that you discuss donorship decisions with them and have them read the information as well. The Heart Tissue Bank considers it important that the donorship is established in consultation with your loved ones.
When you register as a future heart donor, we also ask for the contact details of someone close to you. You can decide for yourself which (adult) person you want to appoint for this. This can be a spouse, partner, child, another relative or heir, a good friend, your general practitioner or another chosen confidant. Should we want to contact you but cannot reach you, we will contact your contact person to ask if your contact details are still correct.
Who can register?
Anyone aged ≥ 18 years that lives in the Netherlands and is able to provide informed consent is eligible as a future Heart Tissue Bank donor. Registration is not limited to people with (known) heart diseases.
Please note that currently only native speakers of the Dutch language who live in the Netherlands can register as a future donor with the Heart Tissue Bank.