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What happened in public comment?

Summer 2022 public comment was open Aug. 3 - Sept. 28.
UNOS convenes and welcomes public debate throughout the policy development process.

Public comment is a time for the donation and transplant community to come together and work collaboratively.

Summer 2022 public comment

On this page, watch videos to learn about 5 of the items that were open for comment. Then view comments that were shared on the OPTN website.

See all proposals and review comments on the OPTN

See all public comment items

5 items up for commentLinks
Modify waiting time for candidates affected by race-based estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) calculations
Redefining provisional yes and the approach to organ offers
Optimizing usage of kidney offer filters
Continuous distribution of kidneys and pancreata update
Continuous distribution of livers and intestines concept paper

Proposal

Modify waiting time for candidates affected by race-based estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) calculations

Goal

Increase equity in transplants

Concept paper

Redefining provisional yes and the approach to organ offers

Goal

Increase the number of transplants

Concept paper

Optimizing usage of kidney offer filters

Goal

Increase the number of transplants

Committee update

Continuous distribution of kidneys and pancreata update

Goal

Increase equity in access to transplants

Concept paper

Continuous distribution of livers and intestines concept paper

Goal

Increase equity in access to transplants

What is public comment?

Public comment is a crucial part of policy development. It’s a time for donor families, transplant candidates, organ recipients, donation and transplant professionals and the general public to provide feedback and engage in debate about policies that govern organ matching and allocation. To make the nation’s organ donation and transplantation system fair and equitable for all, many voices are needed and every view matters.

Please see the resources listed here to learn more about how UNOS convenes the organ donation and transplant community and the public in this twice yearly forum.

“Public comment is so important. And regional meetings are the place everyone comes together to talk about the big picture. I learn from the people who are on the ground and doing the work—like transplant coordinators and administrators. It’s really important to consider their perspectives and have evidence-based conversations about policy. Public comment is a reflection opportunity for real world issues in transplant.”

Macey L. Henderson, JD, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Surgery, Johns Hopkins Medicine

Dr. Henderson serves on the OPTN Board of Directors. She is also a living donor.

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