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Health 24-06-2021

Commission: burden of levelling kidney treatment access falls mainly on member states

While inequalities across the EU when it comes to kidney disease treatments are well-known by the European Commission, the ball is ultimately in member states' courts when it comes to expanding access, according to health stakeholders.
Health 02-06-2020

Stronger follow-up on EU organ donation action plan is necessary, health expert says

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.
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Professor Raymond Vanholder
Health 12-03-2020

A Shared Vision for Improving Organ Donation and Transplantation in the EU

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 02-12-2015

Wales switches to ‘opt-out’ system of organ donation

Organ donation will now operate on an “opt-out” basis in Wales, after a new law intended to address the shortage of donors currently facing the EU came into effect.
Health 20-05-2010

EU adopts new rules on organ transplants

In a drive to facilitate the donation, transplantation and exchange of organs in Europe, the European Parliament voted yesterday (19 May) to pass legislation that sets common EU quality and safety standards for transplants.
Health 17-03-2010

MEPs back EU organ donation action plan

Europeans needing organ transplants should face shorter waiting times after MEPs voted on Tuesday (16 March) for measures to improve the supply and safety of donated organs, while curbing illegal trafficking.
Health 10-12-2008

Commission unveils plans to improve organ donation

If successful, a new action plan from the EU executive could save many thousands of European lives, according to Health Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou, who unveiled the initiative in Brussels this week.
Health 24-04-2008

EU donor card to help curb organ trafficking

With 40,000 patients in Europe currently on a waiting list for an organ transplant, the European Parliament has backed the Commission's idea of an EU organ donor card to complement existing national systems and remedy organ shortage.
Health 28-06-2006

Commission consults on securing sufficient organ supply

The Commission has launched a public consultation on organ donation and transplantation to find ideas on possible EU initiatives to secure sufficient and safe supply of organs.
Health 18-09-2003

Conference to discuss organ donations and transplants in EU

The Italian EU Presidency hosts a conference on 17-18 September in Venice focussing on the ethical, legal and oganisational issues in organ donations and the quality and safety aspects of organ transplants.