AN OIREACHTAS committee has called for the introduction of a system where people are presumed to be organ donors unless they themselves or their relatives opt out.
The report from the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children said this would increase the pool of organs for people waiting for transplants.
It said it was still vital the family or the next of kin would be consulted as this would ensure the principle that donation was a gift was maintained.
Committee chairman Jerry Buttimer said: "Countries that have changed to opt-out systems have seen significant increases in their rates of organ donation."
Any transition to a soft opt-out system will only apply to organs available for donation to other patients and not to reproductive organs, or other organs and tissues for research purposes.
This system has been rejected by the Irish Kidney Association, which claims it will not lead to more organs.
It has called for changes in the way organs are procured with the appointment of specialist staff in each hospital to liaise with relatives.