Organ Procurement Organizations (OPOs)
By federal law, Organ Procurement Organizations (OPOs) are the only organizations authorized to perform the life-saving mission of recovering organs from deceased donors for transplantation.
There are 4 OPOs in New York State, each responsible for organ procurement in a specific region, and each a member of the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN), a federally mandated network created by and overseen by the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS). OPOs represent the front-line of organ procurement, having direct contact with the hospital and the family of the recently deceased donor. OPOs access the New York State Donate Life Registry to determine the potential donor’s enrollment status, and if the potential donor is enrolled, the OPO meets with the family and informs them of their loved one’s legal consent to donate their organs. If the potential donor was not enrolled in the Registry, the OPO requests the consent from the potential donor’s family. Once consent is confirmed, the OPO works with UNOS to identify the best candidates for the available organs, and coordinates with the surgical team for each organ recipient.