The total population of the eight Eurotransplant member states numbers almost 135 million people. Within this region there are 1,601 donor hospitals and 72 transplant centers.
On the waiting list there are 16,000 patients who need a donor organ. Eurotransplant yearly allocates more than 7,000 organs.
Austria has over 8 million inhabitants. There are 30 donor hospitals and 4 transplant centers. The legal system is presumed consent. Donors are reported to a coordination center, which is supported by a regional transplant coordinator. Donor procurement is decentralized with mobile teams moving to the hospitals and providing all (technical) equipment, preservation fluids and packaging required for organ retrieval.
Belgium has over 10.2 million inhabitants. There are 88 donor hospitals and 8 transplant centers. The legal system is presumed consent. Centers organizing the organ donations are also the centers doing the transplants.
The number of effective donors is decreasing, because donors are more often medically unsuitable for donation due to age and health. The media in Belgium often report on organ donation and transplantation, which results in good public awareness and a high organ donation rate.
Croatia has over 4.4 million inhabitants. There are 32 donor hospitals and 5 transplant centers. The legal system is presumed consent. Donors are reported to the National Transplant Coordinator. Although the donation rates already increased significantly since 2004, Croatia continues to improve its organ donation and transplantation system.
Croatia has two types of transplant coordinators: the national transplant coordinator (together with eight transplant coordinators attending the duty desk), who works at the Ministry and 32 transplant coordinators from the transplant centers. Both types are joined in the national coordination network.
Germany has over 82.4 million inhabitants. There are 1,336 donor hospitals and 46 transplant centers. The legal system is informed consent. There are many differences in donor rates between the Bundesländer in spite of having the same legal system.
Many parties with different tasks are involved in organ donation. The organ procurement organisation (DSO) closely cooperates with the allocation authority Eurotransplant and the transplant centers.
Hungary became a member of the Eurotransplant community on July 1, 2013. Hungary has about 10 million inhabitants. There are 5 transplant centers and the legal system is presumed consent.
Luxembourg has about 0.5 million inhabitants. There are 5 donor hospitals and 1 transplant center. The legal system is presumed consent.
The Netherlands have over 16.4 million inhabitants. There are 100 donor hospitals and 10 transplant centers. The legal system is informed consent.
Slovenia has almost 2 million inhabitants. The legal system is presumed consent. There are 10 donor hospitals and 1 transplant center. Donors are reported to the national coordination center, which is supported by a regional transplant coordinator.
There are three types of coordinators. The hospital coordinators are responsible for the organizational part of donor procedures, etc., and for contacting relatives in case of a potential donor. Central coordinators are employed by Slovenija Transplant and work at the UKC Ljubljana. Clinical coordinators manage the waiting list.