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Policies implemented to align with PHS guideline

Policies implemented to align with PHS guideline

Text updated: March 1, 2021


  • Transplant program directors, administrators, coordinators, compliance and quality officers, and clinical support staff
  • OPO CEOs, medical directors, procurement directors and coordinators, compliance and quality officers
  • Lab directors and general supervisors
  • Primary data coordinators
  • Patient safety contacts
  • Member representatives and alternate representatives

Implementation date: March 1, 2021


The OPTN has implemented a series of policy changes to align with the 2020 U.S. Public Health Service Guideline for assessing solid organ donors and monitoring transplant recipients for HIV, hepatitis B (HBV), and hepatitis C (HCV).

Please see the January pre-implementation notice for an overview of the changes. Additional information below addresses resources available to members.

Resource toolkit

A resource toolkit is available here on the OPTN website. It houses summary information about what members need to do and contains a number of resource and reference materials. We will continue to update it with additional information as it becomes available.

Webinar recording available

A recording of the informational webinar held February 24 is available in UNOS Connect. It is posted in the Patient Safety section and entitled SFT129: Align OPTN Policy with 2020 PHS: Implementation.

Additional education and resources

  • A frequently asked questions document is available and will continue to be updated to address additional topics, including input from the February 24 webinar.
  • A preview is available of changes to the OPTN Evaluation Plan that will result from the newly added and updated policies.
  • Two educational offerings are available on UNOS Connect:
    • SFT127: PHS Guidelines in OPTN Policy
    • SFT128: Talking About Risk Criteria for Disease Transmission


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 Organ Center is available 24 hours a day at 800-292-9537.

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