THE BOARD OF TRANSPLANT COORDINATION
The Board of Transplant Coordination (referred heretofore as the BTC) has been created within the Division of Transplantation of the UEMS. The main objective of the BTC is to guarantee the best standard of care in organ and tissue donation and transplant coordination in Europe by establishing homologous standards of practice and ensuring that training in donation and transplant coordination is maintained at the highest level by accrediting and examining transplant coordinators on their knowledge and practice. The BTC is a non-profit entity and operates in close collaboration with the European Donation and Transplant Coordination Organisation (EDTCO), a section of ESOT (the European Society for Organ Transplantation).
The BTC achieves its objectives by setting and recommending standards to
the UEMS and the EBS and by encouraging health authorities, and national and
international transplantation societies to live up to such standards concerning
all aspects of professional practice in donation and transplant coordination.
The BTC is comprised of up to two practising transplant coordinators from each member state of the UEMS, or European country, preferably nominated by the competent professional health care organization, in official communication with the UEMS/EBS. Only one member has right to vote, the other may substitute when needed. The BTC also has a representative from EDTCO who will be the Past Chair of EDTCO, or, if he or she is not available, a representative appointed by the EDTCO Board.
The BTC is directed by an Executive Committee comprised of a Chairman
(President), a Vice Chairman (Vice President), two Secretaries (Senior and
Junior), a Treasurer, a representative of EDTCO and a representative from the
Division of Transplantation.
The Executive Committee communicates with the General Secretary of the UEMS through the Division of Transplantation, Section of Surgery. The Executive Bureau of the UEMS shall communicate with the BTC through the Division of Transplantation, Section of Surgery on behalf of the European Union (EU) bodies.
The Division of Transplantation, Section of Surgery and the Executive of the UEMS shall be entrusted with communicating all opinions issuing from the BTC to the Commission of the EU and the Advisory Committee for Medical Training.
The BTC is financed by the fees of applicants for their assessment of eligibility and examination for accreditation in transplant coordination. The BTC is also financed by any legal financial benefits for its contribution to various professional/scientific activities (i.e. meetings, publications). The BTC can accept legal public (i.e. EU bodies, national government bodies, professional/scientific organisations) or private (i.e. gifts, contribution by the commercial sector) contributions/donations. A financial contribution/donation to the BTC can only be accepted under the strict rule that is offered in order to help the BTC to achieve its objectives and without any obligation of the BTC towards the body(ies)/ organisation(s)/ person(s) offering the contribution/ donation. The BTC will use the Section of Surgery account for their finances to maximize transparency and facilitate administration.