Help shape organ allocation policy
The summer 2023 public comment cycle opened July 27 and closes Sept. 19. The Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) is offering 14 items for review, including one white paper, two guidance documents, three concept papers, two requests for feedback and six policy proposals.
Comments and replies will be published on the OPTN website to promote transparency and trust in the national transplant system.
We encourage patients, transplant candidates and recipients, living donors, donor families, and transplant professionals to learn more about the proposals and provide their valuable feedback to help shape U.S. organ transplant policy. The last opportunity to provide feedback on these items will be prior to 11:59 p.m. ET on Sept. 19.
Items available for public comment are:
- Recognizing seasonal and geographically endemic infections in organ donors: Considerations during deceased and living donor evaluation
- Update guidance on optimizing VCA recovery
- Continuous distribution of hearts
- Clarification of OPO and living donor hospital requirements for organ donors with HIV positive test results
- Concepts for a collaborative approach to living donor data collection
Requests for feedback
- Efficiency and utilization in kidney and pancreas continuous distribution
- Update on continuous distribution of livers and intestines 2023
- Amend adult heart status 2 mechanical device requirements
- Deceased donor support therapy data collection
- Require reporting of patient safety events
- Modify organ offer acceptance limit
- Remove CPRA 99-100% form for highly sensitized kidney candidates
- Update HLA equivalency tables 2023
Educational resources, including videos and presentations, are available to help the public learn more about the items.
All comments are reviewed and considered by the OPTN Board of Directors and the committees sponsoring the items available for public comment before developing final proposals for a vote by the OPTN Board of Directors. Learn more about the policy development process here.