Policies & bylaws
The Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) brings together medical professionals, transplant recipients and donor families to develop organ transplantation policy. We strive to be a transparent, evidence-based, organization that works collaboratively to increase the number of and access to transplants, improve patient outcomes and promote safety.
The OPTN acts through its Board of Directors and committees. They bring a wealth of commitment and technical knowledge to guide the OPTN. Committees address issues of concern in the transplant community.
Current policies & bylaws
For archived versions of OPTN Policies & Bylaws, please contact email@example.com.
OPTN Bylaws outline membership requirements to participate in the U.S. transplant network. The Membership & Professional Standards Committee (MPSC) oversees the bylaws.OPTN bylaws Updated 9/14/2023 See latest updates
Implemented policies & bylaws
Summary of implemented policy and bylaws changes approved by the OPTN Board of Directors.Implemented policies & bylaws
Compliance & evaluation
The OPTN evaluation plan provides guidance to members on how to comply with OPTN policies and bylaws.Evaluation plan
A step by step look at how OPTN policy is developed with support from members and the transplant community.OPTN policy development
Policies & bylaws in development
Public comment feedback is collected on policy and bylaws proposals before they go to the OPTN board of directors for approval.About public comment
Approved policies & bylaws
Summary of approved policy and bylaws changes approved by the OPTN Board of Directors.Approved policies & bylaws
A closer look
Race & eGFR
View the toolkit for education, FAQ's and other resources to help you prepare.Race & eGFR
Creating a more equitable and patient-focused system for organ allocation.Continuous distribution
Liver allocation & distribution
The OPTN implemented the acuity circles policy for liver and intestinal organ transplantation on Feb. 4, 2020.Liver allocation & distribution
Learn how the OPTN is developing and proposing allocation policies that address multiple organ groups and the practice of multi-organ allocation.Multi-organ transplantation
The OPTN Final Rule requires transplant programs to provide to the OPTN “reasons for refusal” of organ offers made to candidates registered at their programs.Refusal codes
The latest information regarding COVID-19 and organ donation and transplant.COVID-19