The winter 2022 public comment cycle opened Jan. 27 and closes March 23. The Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) is offering 14 items, including one request for feedback, one concept paper and 12 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.
Items available for public comment are:
- Reinstatement of Updates to Candidate Data During the COVID-19 Emergency
- Pediatric Candidate Pre-Transplant HIV, HBV, HCV Testing
- Establish Eligibility Criteria and Safety Net for Heart-Kidney and Lung-Kidney Allocation
- Redesign Map of OPTN Regions
- Proposal to Revise the OPTN Charter
- Change Calculated Panel Reactive Antibody (CPRA) Calculation
- Continuous Distribution of Kidneys & Pancreata
- Establish Minimum Kidney Donor Criteria to Require Biopsy
- Standardized Kidney Biopsy Reporting and Data Collection
- Improving Liver Allocation: MELD, PELD, Status 1A and Status 1B
- Ongoing Review of National Liver Review Board (NLRB) Diagnoses
- Modify Living Donor Exclusion Criteria
- Establish OPTN Requirement for Race-Neutral eGFR Calculations
- Modify Graft Failure Definition for VCA
All comments are reviewed and considered by the OPTN Board of Directors before they vote on the proposals to become policy. Learn more about the policy development process here.