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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Advisory Committee on Organ Transplantation

The Advisory Committee on Organ Transplantation (ACOT) was established to assist the HHS Secretary in:

  • Enhancing organ donation
  • Ensuring that the system of organ transplantation is grounded in the best available medical science
  • Assuring the public that the system is as effective and equitable as possible
  • Increasing public confidence in the integrity and effectiveness of the transplantation system


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ACOT Meeting Notes Archive


Twenty-seventh Meeting: November 22, 2016


Twenty-six Meeting:  November 17, 2015

Twenty-fifth Meeting: March 12-13, 2015

Agenda and Presentations

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Twenty-fourth Meeting: January 27, 2015


Twenty-third Meeting: September 4, 2013

Twenty-second Meeting: March 7, 2013


Twenty-first Meeting: August 28, 2012

Twentieth Meeting: February 28, 2012


Nineteenth Meeting: August 23-24, 2011

Eighteenth Meeting: March 8, 2011


Seventeenth Meeting: August 19-20, 2010


Sixteenth Meeting: November 13-14, 2008

Fifteenth Meeting: May 5-6, 2008


Fourteenth Meeting: November 15-16, 2007

Thirteenth Meeting: May 15-16, 2007

Twelfth Meeting: January 26, 2007 — Conference Call


Eleventh Meeting: November 2–3, 2006, Washington, DC

Tenth Meeting: May 4-5, 2006, Washington, DC


Ninth Meeting: November 1, 2005 — Conference Call

Eighth Meeting: May 9–10, 2005, Washington, DC


Seventh Meeting: November 4–5, 2004, Washington, DC

Sixth Meeting: May 6–7, 2004, Washington, DC

Recommendations to the HHS Secretary

Full Consensus Recommendations


ACOT has up to 25 members including the chair. Members are non-governmental individuals with diverse backgrounds in fields such as organ donation, health care public policy, transplantation medicine and surgery, critical care medicine and other medical specialties involved in the identification and referral of donors, non-physician transplant professions, nursing, epidemiology, immunology, law and bioethics, behavioral sciences, economics and statistics, as well as representatives of transplant candidates, transplant recipients, organ donors, and family members.

From time to time, as ACOT vacancies occur, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) considers nominations of qualified individuals to serve as voting members on ACOT.  These “Request(s) for Nominations for Voting Members” are published in the Federal Register.

A recent such request published in the Federal Register can be found at:

Legislative Authority

ACOT was established under the authority of 42 U.S.C. Section 217a, Section 222 of the Public Health Service Act, as amended, and 42 CFR 121.12 (2000).

Advisory Committee on Organ Transplantation (ACOT) Charter

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