Organ Donation


“With regard to organ donation what is the HSE’s current policy and what is the HSE doing to promote participation in organ donation schemes?”

Cllr. Robbie Gallagher


In 2011, following agreement with the Department of Health, the National Organ Donation and Transplantation Office was established. This Office oversees the implementation of the EU Directive on standards of quality and safety of human organs intended for transplantation.  In conjunction with the EU Directive the aim of theNational Organ Donation and Transplantation Office is to:


  • Provide a cohesive approach to Organ Donation and Transplantation Services nationally.
  • Maintain deceased Organ Donation rates +/-10%.
  • Increase Living Renal Transplant Programme Rate to 50% of deceased.
  • Increase Heart Lung conversion rates to 50%.
  • Develop a National Database capturing all organ donation and transplantation data.
  • Engage internationally to ensure benchmarking against best practice and outcomes.
  • Deploy Donor Champions for Organ Donation throughout the acute system for both Medical and Nursing roles.
  • Establish a Curriculum Group with the Nursing and Midwifery Services Directorate as part of the CPD for Nurses.
  • Engage with the Intensive Care Society to establish a Potential Donor Audit across all Critical Care Units.
  • Establish a formal National Procurement Organisation which reports to the National Organ Donation and Transplantation Office.


The National Organ Donation and Transplantation Office is lead by Professor Jim Egan Consultant Respiratory and Transplant Physician at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital.  The Office is committed to the deployment of specialist donor co-ordinators across the emerging Hospital networks in line with International practice.



Maeve Raeside

Business Manager

National Organ Donation & Transplantation Office

Health Service Executive


Tel:  (01) 6352385