Federal Register notice addresses OPTN living donor policies
The June 16, 2006, issue of the Federal Register contains a response by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to public comments regarding the enforceability of OPTN policies regarding living donor transplantation, including equitable allocation of living donor organs.
After consideration of comments, HRSA has determined that OPTN living donor guidelines should be given the same status as other OPTN policies under the OPTN Final Rule. The OPTN is directed to develop such policies in the same manner used for policies on deceased donor organs and recipients. OPTN member non-compliance with living donor policies is subject to the same consequences as other policies established by the OPTN under the terms of the Final Rule.