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Public comment

A special public comment period for expedited placement variance was open Dec. 21, 2023 – Feb. 4, 2024. View comments

Winter 2024 public comment was open Jan. 23 to March 19. View comments

What is public comment?

Transplant Management Forum

May 7–9, 2024: Increase collaboration between transplant hospitals and OPOs. Expand your knowledge of operations, finances, and strategies.

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TMF 2024 Heckenkemper Award Winner: Nancy Metzler honored

"We have the unique privilege as transplant administrators to support our team as they turn a tragedy into a miracle." Nancy Metzler The Annual Heckenkemper Leader in Transplant Administration / Quality Award (also known as the Heckenkemper Award) is given each year...

Special comment period for Expedited Placement Variance

The Organ Procurement and Transplant Network (OPTN) plans to release a series of proposed policies for public comment next month. Currently, OPTN seeks feedback on the “Expedited Placement Variance.” The special public comment period for the variance will begin December 21 and end January 21, 2024. To read the full proposal and offer comments, click here.

Professional training

UNOS Primer

At UNOS Transplant Management Forum, professionals return year after year to:

  • Increase collaboration between transplant hospitals and OPOs
  • Grow knowledge of operations, finances, strategies, and more.

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TMF information

UNOS Primer

At UNOS Primer, organ donation and transplant professions network and engage with UNOS staff to learn:

  • How is policy developed and implemented?
  • How do site surveyors monitor compliance?
  • What resources and effective practices are available for transplant professionals?
  • How do I navigate certain reports in UNetSM?

Primer information

Biannual community forums: winter and summer

Regional meetings and public comment

Public comment, a critical forum for national discussion on organ transplant policy, occurs twice each year. Learn more at the overview page on UNOS or OPTN where you can add your voice during open sessions.

Regional meetings, held twice each year during the winter and summer public comment periods, are an opportunity to influence policy proposals, prepare for upcoming changes, and hear perspectives from the transplant community about improvements to organ allocation. Learn more and find dates.

Celebration, awareness, and educational events

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Patient webinars

Watch on-demand webinars about issues that matter to patients and their loved ones.

Transplantation Journey webinar series was made possible by a generous gift from CareDx.

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April is National Donate Life Month

We celebrate organ donation and educate people on UNOS’ work to increase transplants.

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Giving Tuesday

The first Tuesday following Thanksgiving has become a national day of giving. We celebrate #LifeGivingTuesday by encouraging awareness of UNOS’ work to increase transplants.

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National Tree of Life

An annual celebration of the gift of organ, eye and tissue donation. A time to pay tribute to donors and their families. And a time to celebrate the lives of recipients across the country. Learn more.

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