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The Eurotransplant International Foundation, commonly known simply as Eurotransplant, is an international non-profit organization responsible for encouraging and coordinating organ transplants in Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Germany, Hungary, Luxembourg, Netherlands, and Slovenia.[1] The organization was created by Jon J. van Rood in 1967 and legally founded on 12 May 1969.[1][2] The headquarters are located in Leiden, Netherlands.[3]

All transplant clinics, tissue-typing laboratories, and hospitals in the member countries where organ donations take place are included in the exchange. Eurotransplant helps coordinate work in these institutions, with the goal of efficiently allocating and distributing donated organs. The group also promotes research into transplantation and seeks to raise public awareness of the benefits of donation.[citation needed]

Comparable institutions are Scandiatransplant in Iceland, Norway, Finland, Denmark, and Sweden; Balttransplant in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania; and NHS Blood and Transplant in the United Kingdom.[4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 History, Eurotransplant. Retrieved on 17 October 2014.
  2. Annual Report 1995, Eurotransplant. Retrieved on 17 October 2014.
  3. Contact, Eurotransplant. Retrieved on 17 October 2014.
  4. Günter Kirste, "Organ Exchange in Europe – Barriers and Perspectives for the Future", Annals of Transplantation, 2006. Retrieved on 17 October 2014.

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