In a special episode, tonight's Wales this Week looks at Organ Donation and speaks to those whose lives have been transformed as a result
ITV launches a new campaign, From the Heart, to raise awareness of organ donation and the NHS Organ Donor Register.
Results of a survey published today show support for the Welsh Government's proposals, but nearly a quarter of people want more information.
Mike Griffiths reports on the Welsh Government's drive to raise awareness of the changes to organ donation law, which comes into effect in Wales in two years time.
Two years today the new Welsh organ donation law will come into effect. It'll mean people who live and die in Wales will have to say if they don't want their organs donated.
The move is controversial with some religious groups who are opposed to it.
But, the First Minister for Wales says the law will benefit those people who are happy to donate their organs but don't get around to signing the register.
The Welsh Government has launched a campaign including a website with stories of people who have been affected in different ways by organ donation. The aim is to ensure people are made aware of the legislation, and their choices, before it comes into force on 1st December, 2015.
Awareness and support of the new organ donation law has increased, according to a survey by the Welsh Government.
The survey asked more than 1,000 people across Wales what they think of the new soft opt out donation legislation, which comes into force in Wales on 1st December 2015.
The number of people in favour of the law increased from 49% last year, to 61% in 2013.
In Cardiff and south-east Wales, the proportion of people in favour of the proposed changes to organ donation has increased from 47% in 2012 to 67% in 2013. This is the largest increase across all areas in Wales.
Health Minister Mark Drakeford said: "It's fantastic to see support for a soft opt-out system has increased even further. Organ donation saves lives, and we believe the new legislation will help to increase the number of people potentially able to contribute to the organ donation pool."
A major change aimed at getting more transplant organs for people who desperately need them finally became Welsh law today.
The First Minister said it was the most significant legislation ever passed by the Assembly - and the Health Minister claimed that it was a momentous day.
But it seems Wales might not be quite ready for the organ donation system - as it won't be implemented for another two years.
Richard Morgan reports.
It has been a long journey and it is very good law. It received proper consultation and first class scrutiny all the way through.
It gives hope to all those waiting for a transplant, not only those on the list but those who fear chronic organ failure and who may need a transplant.
– Roy J .Thomas, Kidney Wales Foundation
I am proud that we were at the forefront of making our views known and we thank all those involved from all political parties and especially the Bill Team and the Government for getting us through over the line.
The debate was detailed and produced an Act which the Assembly and Wales can be proud and will now be a marker for other parts of the UK
This is a momentous day in the history of the Welsh Government and I am proud to have been the Health Minister in post when this seminal piece of legislation came into being.
Although we celebrate the commencement of the Act today, it is important to remember the new system will not come into force until 1st December 2015, following a two year public information campaign.
– Mark Drakeford, Health Minister
During this two year campaign, people will be given plenty of information on how the new system works and what their choices are.
Even today though people can help others by ensuring their loved ones know their wishes about organ donation and I would encourage everyone to have that conversation.
The Welsh Government will today announce when legislation on a 'soft' opt-out system for organ donation will come into effect here.
It means everyone will be presumed a potential organ donor - unless they have specifically stated that they wish not to be.
The Human Transplantation (Wales) Bill hasn't been welcomed by everyone, but ministers hope it will increase the number of organs available for transplants.
The Bill was passed by the National Assembly on July 2, with 43 AMs voting for, eight against and two abstaining.
It makes Wales the first UK nation to introduce such a system.
The Bill will also receive Royal Assent during a special ceremony today.
A two year publicity campaign is to follow a change in the law in Wales on organ donation. The Assembly has agreed that people should follow an opt-out policy rather than an opt-in one.