Statement of Task
NON-HEART-BEATING TRANSPLANTATION II: THE SCIENTIFIC AND ETHICAL BASIS OF PRACTICE AND PROTOCOLS
Major Unit: IOM
Division, Office or Board: Health Care Services
Subject Committee: Non-Heart-Beating Organ Transplantation II: The Scientific and Ethical Basis for Practice and Protocol
Staff Officer Name: Ellen Agard
Statement of Task:
This project follows on the Institute of Medicine’s report, Non-Heart-Beating Organ Transplantation: Medical and Ethical Issues in Procurement (1997). For this project, the Steering Committee will engage in a process of communication and consultation to 1) familiarize all relevant parties with the 1997 IOM report, 2) to identify obstacles to implementing its recommendations, and 3) to facilitate the development of organ procurement practices consistent with the principles and recommendations articulated in the IOM report. The committee also may recommend further research or additional activities in support of the goals of this project.
The Steering Committee will include experts in law, medicine, and ethics. Additional expertise will incorporated through the participation of key groups and organizations involved in organ transplantation. The Steering Committee and project staff will consult with experts, and with those directly engaged in non-heart-beating organ transplantation, in order to identify participants for a national workshop. The national workshop will provide a forum for sharing information and promoting communication among interested parties and representatives of key groups, and for discussing any outstanding problems identified in non-heart-beating organ transplantation. A primary goal of this workshop will
be to encourage participation by all OPOs in the development of voluntary protocols and practices consistent with the principles in the 1997 IOM report.
A report of the proceedings and recommendations from the national workshop will be prepared and disseminated to project participants, federal and state agencies concerned with transplantation policy, OPOs, transplant coordinators, and relevant health care providers.
Sponsor(s): Department of Health and Human Services
Date of Statement: 01/07/99, editorial revisions
Date of Previous Statement: 07/14/98