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How to apply

Any transplant hospital, organ procurement organization, or histocompatibility lab wishing to participate in the OPTN must be a member. In order to be a member, you have to apply! There can be a lot to the application process, but fortunately you have a team of individuals dedicated to supporting you.

The information provided here should help you begin the application process, but please note that anywhere along the way you can contact us for assistance.

We’re here to help

Contact us to apply for OPTN membership or with questions about an existing application.

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Access Member Community

1.

If you don’t already have access to UNetSM, request access from your site administrator. If you are unsure who your site administrator is, contact UNOS Help Desk at (800) 978-4334 or by email at [email protected].

If you already have access to UNet, your site administrator must add you to your organization’s security group for Member Community.


2.

Log in to Secure Enterprise.

Then click this icon icon of 3 people to represent community to access Member Community.

Become a new member of the OPTN

Please contact Membership:

Inactivate or withdraw OPTN membership
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Categories of membership

Categories of membership are described in the Bylaws, Article I.

Institutional

  • Transplant hospitals
  • Organ procurement organizations
  • Histocompatibility labs

Non-institutional

  • Medical/scientific members
  • Public organization members
  • Business members
  • Individual members

Application resources

How do I document individual surgeon's or physician’s experience?

You may use the following log guidance document and sample logs when documenting an individual surgeon or physician’s experience to demonstrate compliance with OPTN Bylaw Requirements.

What guidance or samples are available to help?

Key personnel change

Guidance to Starting Key Personnel Change (PDF) (updated 5/17/2022)


Letter of Commitment and Letter of Reference

You may use the following Letter of Commitment/Reference guidance documents and samples when preparing and gathering the required documentation to meet OPTN bylaw requirements.


Lab agreement

How can I stay prepared for future key personnel changes?
Here are some things that you can do:

  • Stay familiar with OPTN bylaw requirements
  • Ensure that your program has an executable succession plan in place. Considering the question – “If your current primary left tomorrow, do you have someone who meets bylaw requirements that can fill their role?”
  • Ensure you are aware of the bylaw notification requirements
  • Keep logs, boards, and other credentialing up to date for additional clinicians

Reference documentation

The documents below can provide you with a reference as you begin exploring what is needed to complete a membership application. Transplant hospitals, OPOs, and histocompatibility lab applications should be completed within Member Community.

These applications address membership both in UNOS and in the national OPTN, which UNOS manages under federal contract. Refer to the OPTN Bylaws for further clarification regarding requirement specifics.

Transplant hospital or program

The documents below can provide you with a reference as you begin exploring what is needed to complete a membership application. Applications should be completed within Member Community.

For new and existing transplant hospitals


1. These reference applications show what is needed to:

  • start transplant programs
  • add or modify key transplant personnel

2. A certificate of assessment and program coverage plan must accompany any new transplant program application or key personnel change.

Organ procurement organization

The document below can provide you with a reference as you begin exploring what is needed to complete a membership application. Applications should be completed within Member Community.

For new and existing organ procurement organizations (OPOs). This reference application shows what is needed to add or modify key OPO personnel.

Histocompatibility laboratory

The document below can provide you with a reference as you begin exploring what is needed to complete a membership application. Applications should be completed within Member Community.

For new and existing histocompatibility laboratories. This reference application shows what is needed to add or modify key lab personnel.

Update OPTN representative

OPTN representative change forms should be completed within Member Community.

Use this document for reference only: OPTN Representative Form

Non-institutional member resources

Non-institutional members—medical/scientific, public organization, business and individual members—may use these PDF applications to apply for new or renewing membership. To become a new member, please first contact Membership.

Medical/scientific organization
A medical/scientific member is a non-profit organization whose members include medical or scientific professionals with an interest in organ donation or transplantation. This application is for medical/scientific organizations to join or renew.

Public organization
A public organization member is an organization with an interest in organ donation or transplantation and must have been in operation for at least one year. This application is for public organizations to join or renew.

Business
A business member must be an organization in operation for at least one year that engages in commercial activities with two or more active OPTN transplant hospital, OPO, or histocompatibility laboratory members. This application is for businesses to join or renew.

Individual
An individual member must be a person who meets any of the criteria detailed in Article I, Section 1.8. This application is for individual members to join or renew.

We’re here to help

Contact us to apply for OPTN membership or with questions about an existing application.

Update OPTN representative

For non-institutional members, please email the completed OPTN representative form to Membership.

OPTN Representative Form

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