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Transplant programs receive pediatric component applications

Published on: Tuesday, September 3, 2019

The OPTN has sent applications to transplant programs regarding a pediatric transplant component. This is the beginning of the implementation of the OPTN bylaws for pediatric training and experience required for programs intending to list and transplant pediatric patients. All programs that have listed at least one pediatric candidate for a transplant within the last five years have received the notice.

Completing and submitting the application
Programs wishing to qualify for a pediatric component must complete and submit the application by December 3, 2019, in order to guarantee that the OPTN and the Membership and Professional Standards Committee (MPSC) can process them before the bylaws are implemented.
Each application will be processed over the next 12 to 18 months. The OPTN will notify each program of the status of its application at least 30 days prior to the bylaw implementation date.

The effective date of the pediatric bylaws will coincide with the OPTN Board of Directors meeting closest to the end of the application process. At this meeting, the board will act on all pediatric component applications received during the 90 day submission period.

The program application includes work instructions to determine which portions of the application the program needs to complete. The areas to be completed will depend on who the program proposes to be the primary surgeon or primary physician for its pediatric component. Programs that do not wish to pursue a pediatric component will be able to opt out of the application process.

For additional information
More information is available in the Pediatric Transplant Implementation Toolkit on the OPTN website.  For additional questions, please call UNOS Membership at 833-577-9469 or email at