CONSENSUS ON DONOR MEDICAL INFORMATION RECOMMENDED FOR INTERNATIONAL ORGAN EXCHANGES
Leader: Agence de la Biomedecine (ABM), France
This Work Package will focus on the development of organ forms to be used for cross-border exchanges (in the absence of a National matching recipient). Such forms, to be adopted on a voluntary basis, will contain the necessary medical information for speeding-up the evaluation procedures of donors and of organs offered. In order to reach this goal, as a first step, participants were invited to provide an English copy of the forms they currently use for international organ exchanges along with documents relative to donor maintenance.
The newly designed EU forms will be provided in English but will also be translated by each partner in their own languages to avoid mistakes filling in at national levels (or in organ acceptance at local level). Implementation and uses of these forms through the platform (WP6- IT platform) will be monitored.
Secondly, from the dedicated WP meetings and participants' discussions, on the top of items selected to design the forms, a guideline will be drafted. This guideline will include a list of common agreed definitions and justification for the selected items that were adopted for donor evaluation- if necessary- and more importantly recommendations on donor maintenance including DOs and DON'Ts.
Such medical advices, based on best practices on sites and long term experience, will not only be a valuable support for countries where specific transplant programmes are not in place by facilitating evaluation of potential donors for organs that are not usually retrieved, but will also allow to gather all the essential information necessary for the organ acceptance by another MS, hence speeding-up exchanges by avoiding the loss of time consequent to the request of complementary test(s).
Sharing knowledge and experience of transplant practices EU–wide shall directly impact organ exchanges and shall support MS seeking to develop their activities.
Above all, guidance and recommendations to be generated shall not only facilitate cross-border organ exchanges but also speed-up processes and so decrease ischemia time, which on the top of recommendations on donor maintenance and best evaluation practises shall directly impact on the quality and safety of organs exchanged.