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Public comment is open

Published on: Friday, July 28, 2017

The Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) offers policy proposals for public comment from July 31 - October 2, 2017.

Comments and replies will be published on, to promote transparency and trust in the national transplant system. Visitors can also share comments on social media, if they wish.

We encourage patients, transplant candidates and recipients, living donors, donor families and transplant professionals to learn more about the proposals below and provide valuable feedback to help shape U.S. organ transplant policy:

  • Revise transplant fellowship training program approval bylaws
  • Deceased donor initiated KPD chains
  • Broaden pancreas allocation across compatible ABO blood types
  • Guidance on congenital heart disease exception requests
  • Guidance on benefits of pancreas after kidney transplant
  • Guidance to increase nonA1 and nonA1B kidneys for type B candidates
    Also called A2 A2B donor kidneys
  • Living donation by persons with certain fatal diseases
  • Improving dual kidney allocation
  • Enhancing liver distribution
  • Review of HLA tables
  • Revise pediatric emergency membership exception pathway
  • Improving the efficiency of organ placement
  • Improving en bloc kidney allocation 2

Public comment webinars – non-discussion

The following webinars give members an opportunity to learn about the proposals on the non-discussion agenda and hto ear questions and answers.

August 9 - View video recording

  • Histocompatibility Equivalency Tables Update
  • Addressing Approved Transplant Fellowship Training Programs
  • Congenital Heart Disease Exception Request Guidance for Review Boards
  • Revisions to Pediatric Emergency Membership Exception

August 10 - View video recording 

  • Living Donation By Persons With Certain Fatal Diseases Who Meet the Criteria to Be Living Organ Donors
  • Guidance for Transplant Program Participation in the Transplantation of non-A1/non-A1B (A2/A2B)
  • Guidance on Increasing Pancreas After Kidney (PAK) Transplants

Public comment webinars – discussion
The purpose of these webinars is to provide members an opportunity to learn about the proposals on the discussion agenda. The regional meeting is the formal avenue for regional discussion and voting. 

August 15 -  View video recording

  • Improving the Efficiency of Organ Allocation
  • Enhancing Liver Distribution

Tuesday, September 12 - View video recording

Learn more about the following proposals:

  • Improving Allocation of En Bloc Kidneys
  • Improving Allocation of Dual Kidneys
  • Broadened Allocation of Pancreas Transplants Across Compatible ABO Blood Types

We review all comments we receive about a proposed change before the OPTN Board of Directors votes on it.