Organ Procurement Organizations (OPOs) represent a unique component of health care. By federal law, they are the only organizations that can perform the life-saving mission of recovering organs from deceased donors for transplantation.
When the National Organ Transplant Act (NOTA) was signed into law in 1984 it created the national Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) for matching donor organs to waiting recipients. The OPTN both standardized the process through which organs are donated and shared across the country and created the system of federally-designated Organ Procurement Organizations (OPOs) throughout the United States and its territories. The OPTN includes all OPOs and transplant centers and is managed under contract by the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) located in Richmond, Virginia.
All OPOs are regulated by multiple government agencies and adhere to the highest medical and ethical standards. Through collaboration and distribution of proven practices, OPOs excel in the health care industry. OPOs utilize the newest scientific technology to facilitate medical advancements that place Hope Within Reach for the tens of thousands of Americans waiting for a life-saving organ transplant.
Organ procurement organizations are structured to include services such as donor family support, clinical management of organ donors, and professional and public education. Each serves an integral role in the donation process and bring Hope Within Reach to the transplant candidates in their communities.