Incorporated in 1984 as the Association of Independent Organ Procurement Agencies.
The Association assumed its present name in 1988 when the Health Care Financing Administration (now the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) instituted a federal certification process for independent and hospital-based OPOs.
AOPO has developed standards that encompass all aspects of OPO operations and practice, offering a voluntary accreditation program to its members. This on-site peer review process ensures compliance with federal regulations as well as AOPO standards.
AOPO also works closely with Congress and voices concerns about legislative issues related to organ and tissue donation. Members are alerted to national issues on donation and transplant so that OPOs have an opportunity to prepare for possible local implications.
Initial annual meetings lasted just one day and were used to conduct Association business, such as reviewing financial reports and guidelines, nominating officers and establishing program criteria.