Reviving EU ambition on organ donation and transplantation

On average, 18 patients die every day waiting for a transplant in Europe. [SHUTTERSTOCK]

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Given the current EU legal framework defining the standards for organ transplantation is outdated, there is a new impetus to assess what success there has been so far and the room for improvement.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.

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