In response to the HTA’s “Position Statement” (the statement) and NHS Blood and Transplant’s ( NHS BT) additional comment. The statement suggests that Organtree is acting illegally and that those who register with it to donate or receive organs may also be acting illegally.
These serious allegations are untrue and amount to scaremongering of the worst sort. The particular comment made by Sally Johnson of NHS BT alleges that Organtree is offering payment for organ donation is both ill informed and unfounded. It is notable that she does not refer to any extract contained in the website in order to support her comments.
The role and responsibility of Organtree is clearly set out on our website. Organtree is not receiving any payment for any organ donation. It only exists to provide a platform so that would be donors can register their interest in their organs being used after they die. Organtree was supposed to charge a small administration fee (30€) to register, which was meant to cover the cost of advertising and marketing, however since its inception and until now Organtree has never charged any administration fee and has no intentions to do so in the near future, but unlike the NHS, offers to register donors and potential recipients from all over the world, thus vastly increasing the possibility of matching donors and recipients. Organtree is not involved at all in any subsequent matching process.
Organtree’s platform function makes such important information available to those authorised by their countries ”Human Tissue Authority” or similar regulatory authority to carry out organ transplants. The medical personnel concerned will be able to link the details of potential donors and recipients to increase the possibility of a person in need receiving a matching organ both quickly and potentially from any part of the world. This is the first time that there has been a worldwide effort to increase the amount of donors and we believe that this will greatly assist those in need.