The new Directive has as its purpose to ensure a high level of public health on the exchange of human organs between Member States. This process requires a detailed set of uniform procedural rules. Three procedures are considered into the Directive, they are:
- (1) Information on organ and donor characterisation (Article 5°);
- (2) Information to ensure the traceability of organs (Article 6°); and
- (3) Reporting of serious adverse events and reactions (Article 7°).

This new directive takes into account Directive 2010/53/EU on standards of quality and safety of human organs intended for transplantation, in particular Article 29.

The organ donation and transplantation matter is one of the priorities of the Cyprus EU Presidency in the health field.

Next steps: The Member States are required to transpose the Directive by 10 April 2014.

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Last modified on November 6 2012.