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Regional Meetings

Regional Meetings

Regional meetings are held twice each year during the winter and summer public comment periods. Regional meetings are an opportunity to influence policy proposals, prepare for upcoming changes, and hear perspectives from the transplant community about improvements to organ allocation. Here's what you can expect at regional meetings. New to the public comment process? Learn more here.

For details about winter 2021 public comment visit the public comment webpage.

Winter 2021 Virtual Regional Meetings

The safety of our members is a top priority. Because of COVID-19 health concerns, all Winter 2021 regional meetings will be held virtually. 

The virtual format will maintain objectives of in-person meetings by collecting feedback on OPTN projects, as well as, learning about and collecting feedback on policy proposals and other public comment items.

Register and find additional meeting details by visiting your region’s webpage.

Region 1 - Monday, March 8, 2021

Region 2 - Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Region 3 - Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Region 4 - Thursday, January 28, 2021

Region 5 - Thursday, February 11, 2021

Region 6 - Thursday, February 4, 2021

Region 7 - Thursday, March 4, 2021

Region 8 - Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Region 9 - Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Region 10 - Friday, March 5, 2021

Region 11 - Tuesday, March 9, 2021

At a Glance Agenda

All regional meetings will include the below sessions. Check your region's detailed agenda, available soon on each region-specific webpage, for exact start and end times. 

Discussion Sessions (1-3)

OPTN Committee Representatives present public comment items on the discussion agenda, followed by open discussion by attendees, and sentiment collection (OPTN representatives only). Committee updates presented by select committees. Check sessions for details.

Session 1: approximately 1.25 hours

  • Heart Transplantation Committee: Develop Measures for Primary Graft Dysfunction in Hearts 
  • Organ Procurement Organization Committee: Clarify Multi-Organ Allocation Policy
  • Future State of Organ Allocation: Continuous Distribution Update

Session 2: approximately 1.25 hours

  • Liver and Intestinal Organ Transplantation Committee: Calculate Median MELD at Transplant around the Donor Hospital and Update Sorting within Liver Allocation
  • Liver and Intestinal Organ Transplantation Committee: Update National Liver Review Board Guidance Documents and Policy Clarification
  • Liver and Intestinal Organ Transplantation Committee Update

Session 3: approximately  .40 hours

  • Membership and Professional Standards Committee: Update Transplant Program Key Personnel Training and Experience Requirements
  • Ethics Committee: Revise General Considerations in Assessment for Transplant Candidacy

gENERAL SESSION

Updates and sentiment results: approximately 2 hours

  • Regional Councillor Update
  • OPTN Update
  • Executive Committee: 2021-2024 OPTN Strategic Plan
  • Member Quality Update: Performance and Collaborative Projects
  • SRTR Living Donor Collective Update
  • Announce Regional Sentiment: Public Comment Items
  • Closing Remarks

Public Comment Items - click for information and resources

Public Comment ItemSponsoring Committee
Clarify Multi-Organ Allocation Policy Organ Procurement Organization Committee
Modify the Deceased Donor Registration (DDR) Form Organ Procurement Organization Committee
Develop Measures for Primary Graft Dysfunction in Hearts Heart Transplantation Committee
Update Transplant Program Key Personnel Training and Experience Requirements Membership and Professional Standards Committee
Calculate Median MELD at Transplant around the Donor Hospital and Update Sorting within Liver Allocation Liver and Intestinal Organ Transplantation Committee
2021-2024 OPTN Strategic Plan Executive Committee
Require Notification of Human Leukocyte Antigen (HLA) Typing Changes Histocompatibility Committee
Update National Liver Review Board Guidance Documents and Policy Clarification Liver and Intestinal Organ Transplantation Committee
Revise General Considerations In Assessment for Transplant Candidacy Ethics Committee

All Winter 2021 Public Comment Items (PDF)

Winter 2021 Regional Meeting Updates

Align OPTN Policy with U.S. Public Health Service Guideline, 2020

Executive Update

Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation Committees

Liver and Intestinal Organ Transplantation Committee

Lung Transplantation Committee

Performance and Member Collaborative Projects

SRTR Living Donor Collective Update

The Future State of Organ Allocation

Other

National liver review board (NLRB) six-week report (PDF; 7/2019)

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