The summer 2021 public comment cycle opens Aug. 3 and will close Sept. 30. The Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) is offering items including a white paper, guidance document, concept paper, two requests for feedback, and 11 proposals.
Comments and replies will be published on the OPTN website to promote transparency and trust in the national transplant system. Visitors also have the option to share their posted comments to social media.
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:
- Require Lower Respiratory SARS-CoV-2 Testing for Lung Donors
- Update Data Collection to Align with US Public Health Service Guideline 2020
- Guidance for Data Collection Regarding Classification of Citizenship Status
- Ethical Considerations of Continuous Distribution in Organ Allocation
- Options for Redesign to OPTN Regions
- Report Primary Graft Dysfunction in Heart Transplant Recipients
- Review Status Extension Requirements in Adult Heart Allocation Policy
- Amend Status Extension Requirements in Adult Heart Allocation Policy
- Change Calculated Panel Reactive Antibody (CPRA) calculation
- Update on Continuous Distribution of Kidneys and Pancreata
- Review of National Liver Review Board (NLRB) Diagnoses and Update to Alcohol-Associated Diagnoses
- Establish Continuous Distribution of Lungs
- Reassess inclusion of race in Estimated Glomerular Filtration Rate (eGFR) equation
- Enhance Transplant Program Performance Monitoring System
- Data Collection to Evaluate Organ Logistics and Allocation
- Establish Membership Requirements for Uterus Transplant Programs
Educational resources will be made available to provide multiple opportunities to learn more about the proposals.
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.