The Eurotransplant International Foundation, commonly known simply as Eurotransplant, is an international non-profit organization responsible for encouraging and coordinating organ transplants in its member countries. The headquarters of Eurotransplant are located in Leiden, Netherlands. The organization was created by Professor Doctor Jon J. van Rood in 1967, and legally founded on May 12, 1969.
Member states of Eurotransplant include the Benelux countries, Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia and Hungary. All transplant clinics, tissue-typing laboratories and hospitals where organ donations take place are included in the exchange. Eurotransplant helps coordinate work in these institutions, with the goal of efficiently allocating and distributing donated organs. The group also promotes research into transplantation and seeks to raise public awareness of the benefits of donation.
Organ transplantation offers life-saving and quality-of-life enhancing treatment options to patients with end-stage organ failure. Aiming to fulfill this potential, Eurotransplant was established and acts as a mediator between donor hospitals and transplant centers, for the benefit of such patients. Eurotransplant is a non-profit international service organization that facilitates patient-oriented allocation and cross-border exchange of deceased donor organs at the service of its member states.
Eurotransplant manages the complex process of achieving the best possible match between available donor organs and patients on the transplant waiting list
Eurotransplant acts transparently and in accordance with European Union regulations and ethical principles, and fully complies with national member states legislation
Eurotransplant is actively engaged in developing best practice recommendations and policies to further improve organ allocation and transplant outcomes, based on robust data collection and state-of-the-art scientific research.
Comparable institutions are Scandiatransplant in Iceland, Norway, Finland, Denmark, and Sweden; as well as Balttransplant in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.