European Donation & Transplant Coordination Organisation The Donation & Procurement Section of ESOT. www.etco.org and www.esot.org. Background (1).
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In September 2011, theEuropean Transplant CoordinatorsOrganization (ETCO) mergedwiththeEuropean Donation Committee(EDC) tocreate a strong, visibleandactivesectionwithin ESOT, intendedtoattend all aspectsofdeceasedandlivingdonation, clinicalcoordinationandprocurement.
This was a logicalsteptobemadebytwoorganizationswithcommoninterestsandcomplementaryactivitiesas a betterwayofservingtheirmembers, patientsandsociety.
ETCO was founded in 1983 andEDC was founded in 2005:
represent transplant coordinators and stakeholder.
promote organ and tissue donation.
support transplant coordinators as professional group for realization of the donation- transplantation process, who require very specific while diverse technical, organizational and communication skills.
reference organization, ensured a program for continuous training and education (annual congresses, international and national workshops).
EDTCO serves all professionals whoaredirectlyinvolvedorwhohave an interest in deceasedandlivingorganandtissuedonation, clinicalcoordinationandprocurementactivities.
This includestransplant coordinators —withtheir different rolesandresponsibilities, such asdeceaseddonation, livingdonationandrecipientclinicalcoordination, preandposttransplantation—, procurement professionals, andrelated professionals groups.