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Modify appointment process for histocompatibility committee vice chair

Proposal Overview

Status: Public Comment

Sponsoring Committee: Histocompatibility Committee

Strategic Goal: Promote the efficient management of the OPTN

View the Briefing Paper (11/2019)

Read the proposal (PDF; 8/2019)

Contact: Christopher Wholley

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You may be interested in this proposal if

  • You work at a histocompatibility laboratory

Here’s what we propose and why 

The OPTN Histocompatibility Committee proposes to remove language from the OPTN Bylaws requiring an election to appoint the committee’s Vice Chair.  This position is currently determined by a national election every two years. This process is different from the appointment process of all other OPTN Committees, so the Histocompatibility Committee believes it is important to be consistent with the practices applied with other OPTN committees. The Committee views this appointment process as inefficient in light of improvements in the existing leadership appointment process.

Why this may matter to you

The OPTN will continue to seek histocompatibility experts to serve on this Committee. Committee leaders (Chair or Vice Chair) are usually drawn from the committee they currently serve on. The Committee feels confident that future Vice Chair candidates will possess the needed expertise to handle the complex issues faced by the Committee.

Comments

OPTN Region 4 | 08/30/2019

Strongly support (8), Support (12), Neutral/Abstain (0), Oppose (0), Strongly Oppose (1)

OPTN Region 7 | 09/03/2019

Region 7 voted as follows: 5 strongly support, 14 support, 3 neutral/abstain, 0 oppose, 0 strongly oppose

OPTN Region 3 | 09/07/2019

No comments or questions Strongly support (8), Support (22), Neutral/Abstain (4), Oppose (0), Strongly Oppose (0)

American Nephrology Nurses Association | 09/20/2019

American Nephrology Nurses Association supports.

OPTN Region 2 | 09/20/2019

Region 2 voted as follows: Strongly support (11), Support (11), Neutral/Abstain (1), Oppose (0), Strongly Oppose (0)

OPTN Region 1 | 09/24/2019

Region 1 voted as follows: Strongly support (4), Support (7), Neutral/Abstain (2), Oppose (0), Strongly Oppose (0)

OPTN Region 11 | 09/26/2019

Strongly support (12), Support (15), Neutral/Abstain (1), Oppose (0), Strongly Oppose (0)

Region 8 | 09/27/2019

Region 8 voted as follows: Strongly support (5), Support (15), Neutral/Abstain (1), Oppose (0), Strongly Oppose (0)

American Society of Transplantation | 09/30/2019

The American Society of Transplantation is supportive of this proposed change to the appointment process for the Histocompatibility Vice-Chair with no further comment.

Region 10 | 10/01/2019

Non-Discussion Agenda Strongly support (12), Support (9), Neutral/Abstain (1), Oppose (0), Strongly Oppose (0)

Region 6 | 10/02/2019

Strongly support (19), Support (26), Neutral/Abstain (3), Oppose (0), Strongly Oppose (0)

Region 5 | 10/02/2019

Intestinal Organ Transplantation Committee Strongly support (19), Support (26), Neutral/Abstain (3), Oppose (0), Strongly Oppose (0)

American Society of Transplant Surgeons | 10/02/2019

The American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS) supports this proposal as written. We agree that standardizing and aligning election bylaw requirements for the Vice-Chair to the Histocompatibility Committee with that of other OPTN committees would be well advised

OPTN Region 9 | 10/02/2019

Region 9 voted as follows: Strongly support (6), Support (6), Neutral/Abstain (0), Oppose (0), Strongly Oppose (0)

AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR HISTOCOMPATIBILITY AND IMMUNOGENETICS | 10/02/2019

ASHI appreciates the opportunity to respond to the public comment proposal on modifying the appointment process for the Histocompatibility Vice-Chair. ASHI supports the plan to remove language from the OPTN Bylaws requiring an election to appoint the committee’s Vice-Chair.