RCN general secretary Peter Carter said: ‘This is an important and sensitive issue for the public and for our members, many of whom deal directly with all aspects of organ donation.’
The consultation will address proposals to switch to a system of presumed consent, rather than the current opt-in model, and other issues relating to organ donation.
Mr Carter said: ‘We need to make sure that their voice is heard in this debate, and I would urge members to participate either as individuals or through their branches.’
A government advisory committee recommended against the introduction of presumed consent in November but ministers have not ruled out a move to the system. The presumed consent model is backed by the British Medical Association.
The consultation runs until Friday 6 March. RCN members can register their views by visiting a special page on the college website.