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Policy Notices

Find summaries of OPTN policy and bylaws changes approved at board and executive committee meetings, including implementation dates and any actions you need to take.

Pending Implementation

Heart allocation changes

Effective dates

  • Phase 1: 9/18/2018
  • Phase 2: 10/18/2018

Modify adult heart allocation
12/2016 Board action

Clarification of adult heart allocation
8/2017 Executive Committee action

Review board guidance on HCM and RCM exceptions
8/2018 Board action

Liver allocation changes

VCA allocation changes

Update transplant hospital definition
12/2016 Board action

Board Approved

June 2018 Board actions

June 2015 Board actions

Implemented

2018

Improving the efficiency of organ allocation
12/2017 Board action

  • Effective 3/1/2018 (Policies 2.2, 2.11 and 2.12)
  • Effective 5/2/2018 (Policies 1.2 and 5.6.B)
  • Effective 6/12/2018 (Policies 2.11.A and 2.11.D)
  • Effective 6/13/2018 (Policy 5.6.C)

Revising OPTN Bylaws Appendix L - Effective 6/12/2018
6/2018 Board action

Addressing approved transplant fellowship training programs Bylaws  - Effective 3/1/2018 (PDF - 302 K)
12/2017 Board action

Definition of pancreas graft failure - Effective 2/28/2018 (PDF - 40 K)
6/2015 Board action

Modification to HCC extension criteria - Effective 2/5/2018 (PDF - 344 K)

2017

HCC auto approval criteria changes - Effective 12/12/2017
12/2016 Board action; 12/2017 Executive Committee action

Lung allocation policy modification - Effective 11/24/2017 (PDF - 565 K)
11/2017 Executive Committee action

Standardize organ coding and tracking system - Effective 11/01/2017
2/2017 executive committee action

Improve the categorization of living donor events - Effective 10/18/2017 (PDF - 135 K)
9/2017 executive committee action

Add DQA-1 equivalences table - Effective 9/12/2017
6/2016 Board action and 6/2017 executive committee action

Update HLA equivalency tables - Effective 9/12/2017
12/2015 Board action and 4/2017 executive committee action

Personnel procurement requirements - Effective 9/1/2017
12/2015 Board action

Foreign equivalent in bylaws - Effective 9/1/2017
12/2015 Board action

Bylaws rewrite - Effective 9/1/2017
6/2017 Board action

Primary kidney transplant physician update - Effective 9/1/2017
12/2016 Board action

Clarification to apply kidney minimum acceptance criteria to highly sensitized candidates - Effective 9/1/2017 (PDF - 142 K)
7/2017 Executive Committee action

Simultaneous liver-kidney allocation - Effective 8/10/2017
6/2016 Board action

Kidney: KAS clarifications (part) - Effective 6/29/2017
6/2016 Board action

Retrospective review of clerical changes to policies - Effective 6/29/2017
6/2017 Executive committee action

Informed consent changes - potential living donors - Effective 6/1/2017
12/2016 Board action

Improving post-transplant communication (part) - Effective 4/6/2017
6/2016 Board action; required toxoplasmosis testing of all donors

Pediatric lung allocation changes - Effective 3/30/2017
12/2015 Board action

All other KPD guidelines to policy (part) - Effective 3/30/2017 
6/2015 Board action

Post-implementation ABO policy changes - Effective 3/1/2017 (PDF - 141 K)
12/2016 Board action

Primary transplant surgeon changes - Effective 3/1/2017
12/2016 Board action

Primary transplant physician subspecialty changes - Effective 3/1/2017
12/2016 Board action

Remove donor location from required procurement log - Effective 3/1/2017 (PDF - 482 K)
12/2016 Board action

Changes to imminent and eligible definitions - Effective 1/1/2017 (PDF - 150 K)
12/2016 Board action

2016

Retrospective review of clerical changes to policies - Effective 11/10/2016 (PDF - 223 K)
12/2016 Executive committee action

Registration fee - Effective 10/1/2016 (PDF - 25 K)
6/2016 Board action

DTAC policy clarification - Effective 9/1/2016 (PDF - 19 K)
6/2016 Executive Committee action

OSC policy clarification - Effective 9/1/2016 (PDF - 126 K)
8/2016 Executive Committee action

HOPE Act  - Effective 9/1/2016 (PDF - 34 K)
6/2016 Board action

Improving post-transplant communication (part) - Effective 9/1/2016
6/2016 Board action

Kidney: KAS clarifications (part) - Effective 9/1/2016
6/2016 Board action

Regional Councillor vacancy - Effective 7/1/2016 (PDF - 37 K)
6/2016 Board action

Living donor candidate registration - Effective 4/14/2016 (PDF - 20 K)
4/2016 Executive Committee action

Retrospective review of clerical changes to policies - Effective 4/14/2016 (PDF - 191 K)
12/2016 Executive committee action

2015

KPD informed consent - Effective 12/1/2015
6/2015 Board action

Previous Board and Executive Committee Actions
DatePolicy Notice
12/23/2015 December 2015 board meeting actions (PDF - 2,532 K)
11/23/2015 Executive committee actions (PDF - 146 K)
10/29/2015 June 2015 board meeting actions:
OSC - ABO policy updates (PDF - 159 K)
7/1/2015 June 2015 board meeting actions:
KPD (PDF - 54 K)
7/1/2015 June 2015 board meeting actions:
Pancreas Committee (PDF - 40 K)
7/1/2015 June 2015 board meeting actions:
Policy Oversight Committee (PDF - 21 K)
7/1/2015 June 2015 board meeting actions:
OPO Committee (PDF - 20 K)
7/1/2015 June 2015 board meeting actions:
VCA Committee
12/12/2014 November 2014 board meeting actions (PDF - 1,444 K)
9/15/2014 Clerical changes to KP transition plan policy (PDF - 167 K)
8/15/2014 Register living donor candidates before transplant (PDF - 21 K)
7/24/2014 June 2014 board meeting actions (PDF - 2,147 K)
7/1/2014 June 2014 board meeting actions (PDF - 207 K)
3/7/2014 Policy corrections (PDF - 97 K)
1/31/2014 Clarification for OPOs on PHS guideline documentation (PDF - 293 K)
12/12/2013 November 2013 board meeting actions (PDF - 422 K)
8/29/2013 Executive committee actions (PDF - 124 K)
7/25/2013 June 2013 board meeting actions (PDF - 1,452 K)
6/10/2013 Discretionary listing of pediatric lung transplant candidates (PDF - 136 K)
5/30/2013 Executive committee actions (PDF - 124 K)
12/13/2012 November 2012 board meeting actions (PDF - 2,051 K)
7/26/2012 June 2012 board meeting actions:
Liver Committee (PDF - 394 K)
7/26/2012 June 2012 board meeting actions:
Thoracic Committee (PDF - 369 K)
5/29/2012 Impending changes to policy, bylaws and kidney paired donation guidelines (PDF - 1,227 K)
4/9/2012 New post transplant requirements for liver programs (PDF - 378 K)

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