The FOEDUS project has been set up in order to improve the exchange of organs donated in EU member states.
The number of organ donors is still insufficient in all European Union (EU) member states. Since not all transplant programs are established in all EU countries yet, and it is more difficult to find the correct compatibility for some patient categories, it may happen that some organs are not allocated at national level, mainly because there is no suitable recipient on the national waiting list. These organs although suitable remain unused although they could be used in another country.
Eurotransplant thinks it's extemely important to cooperate with many partners in this project so that more organs are exchanged internationally.
Eurotransplant is responsible for the execution of FOEDUS work package 4. The main objective of this package is to compare and analyze the existing practice of organ exchange procedures within Europe, objectify the current obstacles and barriers that hinder the cross border exchange of donated organs and based on these results, develop standards for the cross border exchange of donor organs.
In order to reach the objective to analyze the existing practice of cross border organ exchange procedures and objectify the current obstacles and barriers, an extensive questionnaire was developed. This online questionnaire comprised of 56 questions on 11 relevant topics within the field of cross border exchange of donated organs, including legal, logistical and financial items. This questionnaire was circulated in May 2014.
The preliminary data of the sub report containing the identification of all obstacles and barriers – as highlighted above - was presented in the intermediate technical meetings in Rome on June 24 and 25, 2014. The final summarizing sub report on these obstacles has been circulated for approval by all countries in October 2014. This will consist of two sub reports:
After the circulation of the final report, a technical meeting has been held on March 5, 2015. In this meeting, guidelines and/or recommendations according to obstacles and barriers as mentioned in the final report will be formulated. In addition, a standard agreement for the cross border exchange of donated organs will be formulated for the general use of all member states and/or European Organ Exchange Organizations.
For more information visit the FOEDUS website: http://www.foedus-ja.eu/
The aim of the EUROSTAM project is to find a compatible kidney for long waiting highly sensitized patients. This well established procedure within ET shall be extended to other countries. A key part of the new multinational project is the development and use of new technologies in the area of HLA-typing and matching.
Eurotransplant will perform a pilot study on the actual implementation of a Europe-wide acceptable mismatch program.
For more information visit the EUROSTAM website: http://eurostam.eu/