Learn about the federal legal and regulatory framework for organ donation and transplantation.
Imagine a patient had kidney disease and her kidneys were near failure. A transplanted kidney could save the patient’s life. How does the organ-transplantation system work?
In general, state law governs how organs are donated. Federal law governs how donated organs are distributed. Federal law defines an organ as a specific list of solid human organs, such as kidneys, eyes, skin, and bone marrow. However, the definition of organ doesn’t include blood or blood products.
I. Organ Recipient Lists