Dedicated To Saving Lives

For more than 30 years, the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO) has been dedicated to helping its members save lives through donation and transplantation.
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Incorporated

Incorporated in 1984 as the Association of Independent Organ Procurement Agencies.

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Present Name

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.


At that time, standards established by the predecessor organization, the Association of Independent Organ Procurement Agencies, were adopted by the Health Care Financing Administration and applied to all OPOs. The name change reflected the inclusion of hospital-based OPOs.

Voluntary Accreditation Program

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.

Legislative & National Issues

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.

AOPO Services and Resources

During the course of its history, the services and resources AOPO offers its members have grown tremendously. AOPO recently held its 33rd Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas; a four-day meeting focused on collaboration, best practices and innovation to enhance organ and tissue donation throughout the United States.
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Individuals From Around The Country Attended

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.