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Policies

Amendments to kidney and pancreas allocation policies approved by the OPTN Board of Directors in December 2019 and originally intended for implementation Dec. 15, 2020, will be postponed until after Feb. 13, 2021. The current policies that allocate kidneys and pancreata will remain in effect pending further notice. Find details.

OPTN policies are rules that govern operation of all member transplant hospitals, organ procurement organizations (OPOs) and histocompatibility labs in the U.S. Policies are made through a collaborative process involving committees, the board of directors and the public.

All 20 policy sections are contained in one PDF (3 MB). Once you open the document, you can navigate to the section you need by clicking on the table of contents. 

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The OPTN policies were last updated on December 6, 2020 with an Executive Committee-approved wording clarification in Policy 9.9.A: Liver-Kidney Candidate Eligibility for Candidates Less than 18 Years Old.

The OPTN policies were previously updated on 10/28/2020 with the implementation of changes related to the proposal: Incorporating COVID-19 Related Organ Failure In Candidate Listings.

Policy 10.1.F.i Lung Disease Diagnosis Groups was changed in this update.

If you have questions about these updates, please contact member.questions@unos.org