Today, the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) made the following statement after the UNOS Board of Directors voted to establish its own governance structure unique from the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) Board of Directors. The new UNOS Board of Directors’ structure will go into effect on March 30, 2024, the day after UNOS’ OPTN contract with the federal government ends.
“The UNOS Board of Directors voted to establish a UNOS board structure distinct from the OPTN board. The UNOS board will not have any overlap with the OPTN board membership. UNOS members must now ratify the UNOS board’s vote. The vote will take place in early 2024.”
United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) is the mission-driven non-profit serving as the nation’s transplant system under contract with the federal government. We lead the network of transplant hospitals, organ procurement organizations, and thousands of volunteers who are dedicated to honoring the gifts of life entrusted to us and to making lifesaving transplants possible for patients in need. Working together, we leverage data and advances in science and technology to continuously strengthen the system, increase the number of organs recovered and the number of transplants performed, and ensure patients across the nation have equitable access to transplant.