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Summer 2024 public comment will be open from July 31 through Sept. 24, 2024. Learn more
A special public comment period for expedited placement variance was open Dec. 21, 2023 - Feb. 4, 2024. See comments
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.

We encourage patients, transplant candidates and recipients, living donors, donor families and transplant professionals to learn more about the items and provide their valuable feedback to help shape U.S. organ transplant policy. Also, regional meetings are happening around the country and are open to everyone. We encourage you to attend.

See all items and provide feedback on the OPTN website

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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. Levan, J.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor of Surgery and Population Health, NYU Langone Health

Dr. Henderson is a former member of the OPTN Board of Directors. She is also a living donor.

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