AJT - Organ Transplantation for Nonresidents of the United States: A Policy for Transparency

A.K. Glazier, G. M. Danovitch, F. L. Delmonico

A policy proposal relating to transplantation of deceased donor organs into nonresidents of the United States was jointly sponsored by the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN)/United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) International Relations and Ethics Committees and approved by the OPTN/UNOS Board in June 2012. The proposal followed prior acceptance by the Board of the definitions of ‘‘travel for transplantation’’ and ‘‘transplant tourism’’ and the introduction in March 2012 of revised data collection categories for transplant candidates who are neither citizens nor residents. The most important aspect of the new policy concerns replacement of the previous so-called ‘‘5% rule’’ with the review of all residency and citizenship data and the preparation of a public annual report...

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