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New requirements for COVID-19 testing data collection in DonorNet®

New requirements for COVID-19 testing data collection in DonorNet®

Audience: (Please share this notice with anyone in your organization who would benefit from it.)

  • Primary OPO administrative directors, primary OPO data coordinators
  • OPO data coordinators, OPO organ procurement administrators/managers, organ procurement coordinators, OPO quality managers/coordinators, organ placement coordinators, OPO/TXC acceptance call consultants

Implementation date

Jan. 27, 2021


On Dec. 7, 2020, the OPTN Board of Directors approved a new policy requiring DonorNet® users to report if COVID-19 testing was performed on the donor prior to sending an electronic organ offer.

What you need to do

Prior to sending electronic organ offers, OPO members must answer the question “Was COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) testing performed on the donor?” The question was added to the donor record in April 2020 and appears under the “Infectious Diseases” tab in DonorNet.

OPO members are able to run matches without a response entered for the field; however, a response of “Yes,” “No,” or “Unknown” must be entered in order to send electronic organ offer notifications from a match run for any organ type.

Education and resources

Details regarding the COVID-19 donor testing data collection, as well as requirements for sending electronic organ offer notifications, can be found in the online help documentation within DonorNet.

Read more about the policy change in OPTN’s COVID-19 Emergency Policy Package.


If you have questions relating to implementation, contact UNOS Customer Service at [email protected], or call (800) 978-4334 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET.

For policy-related questions, contact [email protected].

The UNOS COVID-19 resources page is updated regularly with the most current information and resources on COVID-19 related system changes. Please check back frequently for updates.

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