Legislation Austria


  • No distinction is made between the eye and the cornea: both are considered as tissues.
  • Removal of the eye is allowed.
  • Organ donation is an opting out system (presumed consent): objections are registered in the 'Widerspruchregister' or made known personally.

Cornea banking:

  • In 2008 the Austrian Tissue Safety Act (Gewebesicherheitsgesetz) based on the EC-Directives on tissues and cells was implemented.
  • An accreditation by a competent authority according to the Gewebesicherheitsgesetz is executed biannually, including inspection of eye banks.

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