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Board actions. Updated liver distribution system approved.

Board actions

Updated liver distribution system approved. Distribution zones (circles) will replace donation service area (DSA) and regions.

Learn about upcoming policy changes


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National liver review board training available.

Prepare for early 2019 implementation

Guidance shares effective practices on transfer to adult program

Pediatric transitions

Guidance shares effective practices on transfer to adult program.

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Geographic organ distribution


Kidney and pancreas analysis report is available.

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At a Glance


people need a lifesaving organ transplant (total waiting list candidates). Of those, 74,990 people are active waiting list candidates. Totals as of today 10:19pm


organ transplants performed so far in 2017
Total Transplants January - November 2018
as of 12/09/2018


Total Donors January - November 2018
as of 12/09/2018

Organ donation and transplantation can save lives

One individual is added to the national transplant waiting list every 10 minutes.

Every ten minutes, someone is added to the national transplant waiting list.

Approximately 22 people die each day waiting for a transplant in the United States.

On average, 95 transplants take place each day in the U.S.

Eight lives can be saved from one organ donor.

One organ donor can save eight lives. Sign up to be a donor in your state.

Transplants & donors

Transplants performed and donors recovered from both the living and deceased

A total of 34,770 organ transplants were performed in 2017, marking the fifth consecutive record-setting year for transplants in the United States. Also in 2017, a record number of donor organs were recovered and transplants occurred for each of the four most common organs transplanted – kidney, liver, heart and lung. Read more.

Patients waiting

Patients waiting at years end

Advances in medicine and technology, and increased awareness of organ donation and transplantation have contributed to a record number of transplants. But, the gap between supply and demand continues. The OPTN is working to ensure that all transplant candidates have a better chance to receive the gift of life.


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Resources for professionals

Kidney allocation system materials

Access educational materials, calculators and more.

Compliance guidance

The OPTN Evaluation Plan is a compliance guide for member hospitals, OPOs and labs.

Patient safety resources

Patients are the focus of all the OPTN's collective efforts.

Resources for patients

How policies are made

Here's a brief look at how an idea transforms from proposal to transplant policy.

About organ donation

The donation process begins with a decision.

How organ allocation works

We must allocate each precious organ in the most equitable manner possible.