COVID-19: Update on organ donation and transplantation services

NOTE: Given the evolving COVID-19 situation, and recognizing the significant involvement of many of our stakeholders in local response planning and clinical operations, we are canceling project and advisory committee meetings involving external stakeholders. We will continue to work with the Chairs and Co-chairs of the committees to discuss ongoing work, and will be in touch when it’s appropriate to reschedule. Thank you for your understanding.


Consensus guidance for organ donation and transplantation services during COVID-19 pandemic

On March 12, a meeting of the Organ Donation and Transplantation Expert Advisory Committee (ODTEAC) brought together donation and transplantation leaders from across the country. The aim of the meeting was to develop consensus guidance that can be used by provincial organ donation organizations and regional transplant and donation programs to guide the administration of organ and tissue donation and transplantation services in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is understood that each organization, program and jurisdiction will develop their own policies.

Because the situation is rapidly evolving, a teleconference will be held at least once a week to discuss and update the consensus guidance. Consensus guidance for organ donation and transplantation services during COVID-19 will continue to be informed by recommendations from Canadian Blood Services’ advisory committees, Health Canada, Public Health Agency of Canada, WHO, provincial agencies, and international partners (including UK and Spain).

COVID-19 impact on Kidney Paired Donation (KPD) and Highly Sensitized Patient (HSP) programs

On March 13, the chairs and co-chairs of the Kidney Transplant Advisory Committee and the Living Donation Advisory Committee met with Canadian Blood Services OTDT leadership to discuss the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic to Canadian Blood Services’ interprovincial organ sharing programs. 

Consensus guidance for tissue donation and transplantation during the COVID-19 pandemic

On March 20, a teleconference meeting of the Canadian Eye and Tissue Donation Community was held, bringing together eye and tissue donation and bank leaders from across the country.  The aim of the meeting was to share information and develop a consensus which can be used by provincial donation organizations, eye and tissue banks to guide the administration of eye and tissue donation and bank services considering the COVID-19 pandemic.

Statement from the Canadian Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation Community 
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