Transplanting organs is one of the greatest medical achievements but donation remains a challenge for Europe, as 18 patients still die every day waiting for a donor.
Given the current EU legal framework defining the standards for organ transplantation is outdated, there is a new impetus to assess what success there has been so far and the room for improvement.
Stakeholders and lawmakers are also considering how to revisit the issue of an Action Plan on organ donation and transplantation, following a previous successful one that was in force between 2009 and 2015.
The European Commission should consider reshaping the current legislative framework on organ donation and transplantation, according to a leading MEP in the field.
The EU Action plan on organ donation has encouraging greater co-operation on organ donation and transplants but stronger follow-up on its implementation is necessary, a Croatian health policymaker told EURACTIV in an interview.
More than 30% of European adults suffer from chronic disease (heart failure, cardiovascular disease, liver cirrhosis, chronic kidney disease, diabetes mellitus, among others) and more than 85% die from it.
Professor Raymond Vanholder is the President of the European Kidney Health …