What happens during public comment?
UNOS convenes and welcomes public debate throughout the policy development process.
Summer 2021 public comment was open Aug. 3 through Sept. 30, 2021.
Learn more about some of the items that were up for public comment
- Update on Continuous Distribution of Kidneys and Pancreata
- Establish Continuous Distribution of Lungs
- Update on OPTN Regional Review Project
- 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
Summer 2021 public comment now closed
The role of regional meetings
Regional meetings are held twice a year during the winter and late summer, and are an opportunity for everyone to provide input on proposed policy changes. Members from each region may vote, and all attendees may voice feedback or ask questions. Learn more about regional meetings.
Working together to improve
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 Levan, JD, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Surgery, Johns Hopkins Medicine
Dr. Levan served on the OPTN Board of Directors. She is also a living donor.
Policy development process
- How do we develop policy?
- Learn about our public comment discussion webinars
- What happens after public comment?
Archived public comment
Learn about some of the previous proposals
Voices in Transplant
Hear perspectives from the organ donation and transplant community in our blog.