Eurotransplant started as a group of medical scientists who decided in 1967 that cooperation in the area of organ donation and transplantation would benefit patients.
These motives remained the same. At this moment eight countries cooperate within Eurotransplant. Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Germany, Hungary, Luxemburg, the Netherlands and Slovenia have a total population of 135 million inhabitants. This international collaborative framework includes all transplant centers, tissue-typing laboratories and hospitals where organ donations take place.
By 'pooling' donor organs, by using a central waiting list and by continuously working together on the development of allocation rules, based upon evidence and expert opinion, the transplant community experiences the additional value from this European cooperation.
The results of organ transplantation within the Eurotransplant countries are widely recognized as leading.
Three values form the basis of this success:
Joining forces with Eurotransplant is to the benefit of all participating countries. The World Health Organization (WHO) employs the principle that countries should be self-sufficient, but countries cannot always meet this demand. Cooperating within Eurotransplant has many benefits for countries. Here are some of the most important benefits:
A necessary condition for cooperation is that the exchange of organs between countries remains reasonably in balance. On the long term, Eurotransplant watches over the organ balance to compensate for the differences in donor ratio and for the effect of different criteria for allowing patients on the waiting list. Nevertheless, the priority will always be at saving lives and making the best possible match.