The Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO) is the non-profit organization recognized as the national representative of fifty-eight federally-designated Organ Procurement Organizations (OPOs), serving more than 300 million Americans. As a professional organization, AOPO is dedicated to the special concerns of OPOs, providing education, information sharing, research and technical assistance and collaboration with other healthcare organizations and federal agencies. Member organizations bring their collective voices to the national conversation about organ and tissue donation to provide hope within reach to the men, women, and children across the country waiting for a life-saving organ transplant.
Headquartered near Washington, D.C., AOPO is highly visible and accessible to members of Congress and their staff, and several government agencies related to organ and tissue donation and transplantation. AOPO and its members are also members of the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN). AOPO has two seats on the OPTN Board of Directors.
AOPO is divided into twenty different Councils and Committees. The AOPO Executive Committee tasks each group with annual goals, and an AOPO staff member facilitates the completion of these objectives.
Committees: Committee members carry out the objectives of the organization and participation is open to select members. Committees include the Executive Committee (selected through election), Bylaws and Membership, Data and Information Management, Ethics, Finance and Budget, Legislative and Regulatory Affairs, Nominating, Program, and Standards and Accreditation. Affiliate members and international members may also participate on Committees.
Councils: Council representation is open to members' staff who specialize within the field of donation. Councils include: Donor Family Services, Finance, Hospital Development, Human Resources, Information Technology, Medical Directors, Procurement Directors, Public Education/Relations, Chief Operating Officers, Quality Improvement and Tissue. Affiliate members, international members, and AOPO sponsors may participate on the Councils.
Task Forces and Work Groups: These are formed to work on specific projects or activities. Individuals from Full and Affiliate members may participate. Examples include the Accreditation Work Group and the Technical Assistance Program.
Board of Directors' Representation and Voting Privileges: Participation as a member of the Board of Directors is limited to Full Members. Each member OPO assigns a designated representative, usually the Executive Director or the equivalent, from its OPO to sit on the Board of Directors and have a voice in the decision-making process.