Organ donation and transplantation

The organ donation and transplantation process is organized and monitored by two separate teams.

Coordinating the organ donation process is complex, time-consuming and emotionally demanding for everyone involved. While the treating team of doctors and nurses continue to care for the organ donor in the intensive care unit, the donor-specific matters are taken care of by the DCA coordination team.


Swisstransplant is the Swiss National Foundation for Organ Donation and Transplantation. On behalf of the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH), it is the national allocation body responsible for allocating organs to recipients in accordance with the law and maintains the corresponding waiting list. Swisstransplant organizes all activities related to organ allocation at national level and works closely with the allocation organizations abroad. Swisstransplant also regularly compiles statistics on the number of organ donors, transplants and waiting times.

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