Voice your opinion
Read six policy proposals, including one about proposed geographic frameworks, and tell us what you think.
Training for heart policy changes
OPO and UNet system training coming soon.
Geographic organ distribution
Three frameworks are available for review.
Liver Distribution Proposal Coming in October
Alternative to replace DSAs and regions for distribution.
At a Glance
people need a lifesaving organ transplant (total waiting list candidates). Of those, 74,669 people are active waiting list candidates. Totals as of today 6:04pm
organ transplants performed so far in 2017
Total Transplants January - November 2016
as of 12/30/2016
Total Donors January - November 2016
as of 12/30/2016
Organ donation and transplantation can save lives
Every ten minutes, someone is added to the national transplant waiting list.
On average, 95 transplants take place each day in the U.S.
One organ donor can save eight lives. Sign up to be a donor in your state.
Transplants & donors
A total of 34,770 organ transplants were performed in 2017, marking the fifth consecutive record-setting year for transplants in the United States. Also in 2017, a record number of donor organs were recovered and transplants occurred for each of the four most common organs transplanted – kidney, liver, heart and lung. Read more.
Advances in medicine and technology, and increased awareness of organ donation and transplantation have contributed to a record number of transplants. But, the gap between supply and demand continues. The OPTN is working to ensure that all transplant candidates have a better chance to receive the gift of life.
Friday, June 22, 2018
Call for nominations: 2019-2020 OPTN/UNOS Board of Directors
You may nominate yourself or a colleague for a board position by submitting a biography form.
Monday, June 11, 2018
OPTN/UNOS Board adopts principles of geographic organ distribution
Lung distribution, member review process, informed consent requirements also addressed
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
OPTN/UNOS Board of Directors releases Indiana Donor Network and Gulf Coast Medical Center from probation
At a teleconference May 2, 2018, the OPTN/UNOS Board of Directors restored full member privileges for Indiana Donor Network and Gulf Coast Medical Center.
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
New booklet advises parents of pediatric transplant patients
A new resource booklet, “What Every Parent Needs to Know,” is available for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents who need or receive an organ transplant.
Thursday, March 8, 2018
Notice addresses organ preservation solution (1)
Bridge to Life Ltd. and Waters Medical Systems have issued a notification of field correction for specified lots of Belzer UW Cold Storage Solution and IGL Cold Storage Solution in 2-liter bags manufactured by Preservation Solutions Inc (PSI).
Resources for professionals
Access educational materials, calculators and more.
The OPTN Evaluation Plan is a compliance guide for member hospitals, OPOs and labs.
Patients are the focus of all the OPTN's collective efforts.