About OPOs

Organ procurement organizations (OPOs) represent a unique component of health care. By federal law, they are the only organizations that can perform the life-saving mission of recovering organs from deceased donors for transplantation. There are 58 federally-designated organ procurement organizations throughout the United States and its territories. OPOs are regulated by multiple government agencies and adhere to the highest medical and ethical standards. Through collaboration and distribution of proven practices, OPOs excel in the health care industry. OPOs utilize cutting edge technology to facilitate medical advancements that place hope within reach for the tens of thousands of Americans waiting for a life-saving organ transplant.


Organ procurement organizations are generally structured to include clinical services, hospital development, donor family services, and public education. Many OPOs also facilitate the gift of tissue donation to help save and heal the people in our communities. Each area serves an integral role in the donation process and truly brings hope within reach to the transplant candidates in the communities they serve.

Each OPO is structured to best serve the communities in their service area. If you are looking for more information on the structure of a specific OPO, please contact them directly.