Policy development process
We strive for consensus in developing policies for organ allocation and distribution. This collaborative process promotes equity among patients.
We want to hear from patients, professionals, donor families, transplant professionals, and anyone else interested in shaping transplant policy.
Find the OPTN Evaluation Plan, performance management and other tools here to ensure you are following policy correctly.
Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) policies are rules that govern operation of all UNOS member transplant hospitals, organ procurement organizations (OPOs) and histocompatibility labs in the U.S. Policies are made through a collaborative process involving committees, the OPTN Board of Directors and the public. View these policies now or view policy brochures.
Learn about the continuous distribution model approved by the OPTN as a framework for future policy development as it addresses geographic distribution of donated organs. Continuous distribution would, in the future, replace fixed geographic boundaries with a statistical model incorporating distance along with key clinical factors.
Learn about changes to donation and transplant policy.
Review these NLRB enhancements, implemented on Aug. 4, to determine any impact on your clinical practice.
Public comment is a critical forum for national discussion on organ transplant policy. Add your voice and help us spread the word.
This change allows for the OPTN to be more representative and responsive to the community’s needs, which will in turn help patients.
Effective June 30, 2020, new data elements are being captured within the graft function section of the Transplant Recipient Follow-up form (TRF).
The kidney and liver living donor follow-up tools are available for all transplant programs in the visual analytics section of the UNet data services portal.
System notices explain changes to UNet℠.
TransNet version 6.0.0 is now available in the Apple app store.
UNOS will pilot phase II of a project that allows kidney transplant programs to bypass single kidney donor offers they do not want to receive using filters.
The change will help members comply with the annual criteria update requirements.
UNet users should save all data prior to 7 a.m. on July 23, or the data may be permanently lost when the system goes temporarily offline.
Data definitions quarterly update available on Jan. 15, 2020.