Shipping of Living Donor Kidneys

COVID-19 has impacted donation and transplantation in Canada.  New measures are being taken to minimize exposure to and transmission of the virus and to protect donors and transplant recipients. The Kidney Transplant Advisory Committee (KTAC) and the Living Donation Advisory Committee (LDAC) have recommended that to minimize potential exposure of living donors to COVID-19 they should not be required to use public transportation such as trains and planes to travel to the recipient’s centre to donate their kidney. In cases where donors cannot travel in their personal vehicle to the recipient’s centre the recommendation is to remove the kidney at the donor’s centre and ship it to the recipient’s centre. 

In response to questions received about shipping and receiving living donor kidney processes and logistics, Canadian Blood Services invited a panel of experts to respond. 

A Shipping Kidney’s Panel Q&A session was held Sept. 1, 2020. A recording and accompanying meeting support materials can be found below. Please email if you have any questions about the documents discussed.