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Policy

Find tools to help you better understand transplant policy, improve practices and help you perform your job:

  • Policy changes
    Find summaries of all policy changes approved at board meetings, including implementation dates and any actions you need to take.
  • Compliance
    Find the evaluation plan and other tools here to ensure you are following policy correctly.
  • Policy news
    Find all articles related to policy.

The OPTN/UNOS Board of Directors establishes and maintains transplant policies (operational rules) and bylaws (membership requirements) that govern the OPTN.

Making OPTN policy

Participate in the public comment process

Voice your opinion

We want to hear from patients, professionals, donor families, health policy analysts, government officials, and anyone else interested in helping to shape organ transplant policy.

Comments about policy proposals are published online, and threaded comments are available to encourage discussion of issues. After the public comment period closes, UNOS reviews every comment before the OPTN Board of Directors votes on it.

Learn more about public comment

Policy highlights

Policy changes are approved by the OPTN/UNOS Board of Directors. See below for major changes to policy, along with effective dates.

Date Policy change
9/1/2015 OPOs must use new sterile internal vessels label beginning Sept. 1, 2015
8/10/2015 Screening donor organs for infectious diseases
7/1/2015 Actions approved by OPTN/UNOS Board of Directors in June 2015
12/12/2014 Actions approved by OPTN/UNOS Board of Directors in November 2014

TransNet

The national rollout for the automated organ packaging and labeling system known as TransNet began in March 2015. We encourage all OPOs who have not yet attended a training at UNOS to register now.

Learn more about organ transport

(August 2015 | Duration: 3:55 |
Photo: Robert Seale Photography)

Policy news

New Histocompatibility General Supervisor Key Personnel Requirement

The implementation of the addition of this new requirement was delayed to allow for the development of a new key personnel application form, which then needed approval by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The OMB has recently approved the new general supervisor key personnel application form.

The OPTN/UNOS Board of Directors establishes and maintains transplant policies (operational rules) and bylaws (membership requirements) that govern the OPTN.

Making OPTN policy

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