Recent Developments

In 2000 the Secretary appointed a committee of 40 members to serve as an Advisory Committee on Transplantation. The Advisory Committee convened in November 2002 at the Secretary's request to consider issues related to well-being of living donors, shortage of cadaveric donors and equal access to organ transplantation. The Advisory Committee made nine recommendations designed to increase cadaveric organ donation, two recommendations to encourage equal access to minority populations and seven recommendations with respect to living donors. All eighteen of the Advisory Committee's recommendations are presented in Chapter 2 of this edition as part of a general review of long waiting lists and the increasing importance of living organ donors. Transplant related initiatives of the 2003 U.S. Congress and Senate are also part of that review.

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