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Winter 2023 public comment is open Jan. 19 – March 15.
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.

Watch videos to learn more about 5 of the 12 items available for public comment

 

5 items up for commentLinks
Update on continuous distribution of livers and intestines
Optimizing usage of Offer Filters
Identify priority shares in kidney multi-organ allocation
Modify heart policy for intended incompatible (ABOi) blood type offers to pediatric candidates
Require human leukocyte antigen (HLA) confirmatory typing for deceased donors

Request for feedback

Update on continuous distribution of livers and intestines

Goal

Increase equity in transplants

Proposal

Optimizing usage of Offer Filters

Goal

Increase the number of transplants

Concept paper

Identify priority shares in kidney multi-organ allocation

Goal

Increase equity in access to transplants

Proposal

Modify heart policy for intended incompatible (ABOi) blood type offers to pediatric candidates

Goal

Increase the number of transplants

Proposal

Require human leukocyte antigen (HLA) confirmatory typing for deceased donors

Goal

Promote living donor and transplant recipient safety

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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