The Spanish Transplant Organization, Organización Nacional de Trasplantes (ONT) was created in 1989. ONT was conceived as a technical agency dependent upon the Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality and in charge of the oversight of donation and transplantation activities in the country.
The ONT coordinates donations and the transplantation practices performed on a national scale, assuring the best use of cells, tissues and organs, always promoting altruistic donations.
The ONT was designated as a WHO Collaborating Centre in 2008.
The World Health Organization (WHO) is the United Nations’ specialized agency for health. It began when its Constitution came into force on 7 April 1948. WHO is governed by 194 Member States through the World Health Assembly.
Its primary role is to direct and coordinate international health within the United Nations’ system.
These are the main areas of work:
The Council of Europe, thought the European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines and HealthCare (EDQM), is a leading standard-setting institution in organ donation and transplantation field. It actively promotes the non-commercialization of organ donation, the fight against organ trafficking and the development of ethical, quality and safety standards in the field of organ, tissue and cell transplantation.
It contributes to the implementation of high standards for the protection of public health and the promotion of human rights and dignity, and has been active in the field of transplantation since 1987.
The Iberoamerican Network/Council was formed to be a permanent institution/structure, with the objective of being the meeting point for different initiatives in the area of donation and transplantation within the Latin-American countries.
The main goals of the RCIDT are to develop and improve the cooperation between the Latin-American Member States on the organizational and regulatory aspects; the ethical and social aspects related to cell, tissue and organ donation and transplantation and to train professionals.
Each country is represented by an officially designated professional of the transplant and/or organizational system, or by a Ministry of Health representative.
The Worldwide Network for Blood & Marrow Transplantation (WBMT) is a non-profit scientific organization with the mission to promote excellence in stem cell transplantation, stem cell donation and cellular therapy.
It is an NGO in official relations with WHO. The purpose of this cooperation is to engage exclusively in scientific and educational activities and endeavours.