Expected outcomes include a possible increase of bilateral agreements and the adoption of a common communication strategy to raise awareness regarding organ donation and international cross-border exchanges, but most of all this is an opportunity to agree on some common general rules, that would set up a transparency framework, helping preventing illicit practices in a very sensitive field.
FOEDUS wants to show policy makers and general public how the Competent Authorities and EOEOs try to handle the problem of unallocated organs. The basis for reaching this result is the development of a EU-wide common approach to the issue of organ exchanges, along with a better knowledge of present barriers and obstacles (financial, logistic, legal), that are presently hindering this practice. This would also give the EU Commission correct inputs for addressing these issues at their level, if the case.
Creating the tools for crossborder organ exchange will bring the EU one step closer to having a common policy at least for the special cases such as pediatric, urgencies and hypersensitized.
Increasing the availability of organs is also expected to stimulate some Member States to invest resources to develop their own lacking transplant programs for achieving self efficiency and meet their own patient requirements.
The common communication strategy will help raising awareness and tackling issues such as explaining different national consent systems and addressing mistrust or major differences in public opinion among EU countries with clear consequences on donation rates.