What are the current responsibilities of the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN)?



Current OPTN responsibilities include:

  • Maintaining a national registry for organ matching, which requires a national computer system and organ center that is staffed continuously.
  • Developing consensus-based policies and procedures for organ recovery, distribution, and transportation.
  • Collecting and managing scientific data about organ donation and transplantation.
  • Providing data to the government and the public for purpose of improving transplantation science.
  • Developing and maintaining a secure web-based computer system.
  • Providing professional and public education about transplantation and donation.


Bagwell and Milton. 2011. Life Care Planning for Pediatric Solid Organ Transplantation. In S. Riddick-Grisham and Deming (Eds), Pediatric Life Care Planning and Case Management, Second Edition. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.

or  Smith-Fields, Chrobak, Danner-Koptik, Shores, and Cepulionis. (2004). Life Care Planning and Pediatric Transplantation in Patients. In S. Riddick- Grisham (Ed.) Pediatric Life Care Planning and Case Management, First Edition. (p. 695) Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.

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