Sponsoring Committee: Membership and Professional Standards
Strategic Goal: Promote the efficient management of the OPTN
Read the policy notice (179 K PDF; 12/2018)
View the board briefing paper (PDF; 12/2018)
Proposal executive summary
There exist multiple types of OPOs: independent OPOs and hospital-based OPOs (HOPOs). Under the current OPTN Bylaws, only independent OPOs are permitted to vote in OPTN matters; HOPOs do not have any voting privileges in OPTN elections except as a part of their supporting hospital. Recognizing that some HOPOs serve multiple transplant hospital members within their DSA and their interests may not always align with the single hospital with which they are affiliated, this proposal would grant HOPOs a vote in OPTN regional and national matters if the HOPO is able to demonstrate functional separation between the OPO and transplant programs of the transplant hospital member.
Allowing HOPOs to have a separate vote would allow a DSA's organ procurement interests to be represented in OPTN voting matters and primarily supports the OPTN strategic goal of promoting efficiency in the management of the OPTN.
Read the proposal (PDF - 111 K; 8/2018)
Does this proposal adequately describe the requirements for separation between the HOPO and transplant programs?