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Public comment open January 23 2017

Published on: Monday, January 23, 2017

The Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) is offering six proposals for public comment beginning on Monday, January 23.

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 and provide valuable feedback to help shape U.S. organ transplant policy.

These are the proposals available for public comment:

  • National liver review board
  • Liver review board guidance:
    • Adult MELD exception review
    • Pediatric exception review
    • HCC exception review
  • Improving en bloc kidney allocation
  • Dual kidney concept paper
  • Histocompatibility lab policy and bylaws guidance
  • Bylaws rewrite – board of directors structure and recruitment process

Narrated public comment presentations available

PowerPoint presentations with spoken narration are also available to provide additional context to the proposals out for public comment.

View the presentations on UNOS Connect.

Public comment webinars

Non-discussion webinars

Two national webinars were held to provide members an opportunity to learn about the proposals on the non-discussion agenda and ask questions of the presenters.

View a recording of the non-discussion webinar held on January 24Exit Disclaimer

Discussion webinars – New!

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.

View a recording of the January 31 webinarExit Disclaimer

Proposals Presented:

  • Improving Allocation of En Bloc Kidneys

  • Concept Paper: Improving Allocation of Double Kidneys

View a recording of the February 1 webinarExit Disclaimer

Proposals Presented:

  • National Liver Review Board: Policy and Exception Score Assignments

  • National Liver Review Board: Guidance Documents

Public comment closes on March 24. We review all comments we receive about a proposed change before the OPTN Board of Directors votes on it.