Organs and Tissues

Canadian Blood Services works with the organ and tissue donation and transplantation community to improve the system for all Canadians. Through national collaboration involving organ donation organizations and transplantation programs across Canada we are working to increase organ and tissue donation, increase access to transplants and improve patient outcomes.This website provides valuable information and data related to interprovincial organ sharing programs and services; professional education, including the Canadian Clinical Guide to Organ Donation; numerous publications, data and progress reports; as well as leading practices and clinical guidelines.

Recent Updates

Modified on: 
Sep 24, 2021
National COVID-19 Impact Data Dashboard 
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Modified on: 
Aug 3, 2021

This interactive online platform reports national performance data for organ donation and transplantation in Canada.

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Modified on: 
Apr 6, 2021

For the last decade the increasingly long waiting lists for cornea transplantation have consistently gained media and government attention. Wait times are often measured in years as opposed to months, meaning the rates of access to cornea transplantation in Canada are on par with, or lower than, the rates seen in some developing countries. Yet, despite all the attention the number of corneas transplanted in Canada has remained unchanged for the last six years and no focused and coordinated efforts have been expended to improve this system.

Organs and Tissues

Upcoming Events

When
October 14, 2021 | 8:00AM to October 15, 2021 | 4:00PM
Where

Montreal, QC

The purpose of the Forum is to create expert, consensus guidance for stakeholders who aspire to link evidence and ethical concepts to legislative and policy reform of organ and tissue donation and transplantation (OTDT) systems. The main focus will be deceased solid organ donation, but aspects of living and tissue donation will be considered.

While Canadian initiated, the goal is to create recommendations that will be of value to OTDT systems across the world.

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When
October 4, 2021 | 8:00AM to October 7, 2021 | 4:00PM
Where

Banff, Alberta

The Canadian Society of Transplantation (CST) 2021 Annual Scientific Meeting is organized b the Canadian Society of Transplantation. This conference will be held from October 4 - 7, 2021 at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in Banff, Alberta, Canada. 

Additional details to follow. 

For more information on CST or the event, please click here

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When
October 28, 2021 | 10:45AM to October 29, 2021 | 3:45PM
Where

Virtual Conference

BC Transplant is pleased to present Education Days 2021: Challenges in Donation and Transplantation

Join two virtual half-day sessions on October 28 and 29, where BC Transplant will explore complex donation and transplantation topics with experts.

Registration is free of charge.

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Blog

Modified on: 
Sep 16, 2021

Canadian Blood Services recently published its annual Surveillance Report, a summary of monitoring efforts related to transmissible infection testing in donors; possible transfusion-transmitted infections in recipients; and new, emerging pathogens. Surveillance also includes monitoring of donor safety.

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Stem Cells
Transfusion

Modified on: 
Apr 27, 2021

Organ donation coordinators endure high rates of burnout. Canadian Blood Services and CHEO aim to change that.

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Modified on: 
Apr 6, 2021

The Canadian Blood Services Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes individuals whose landmark contributions are both extraordinary and world class in the field of transfusion or transplantation medicine, stem cell or cord blood research in Canada and/or abroad.

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Stem Cells
Transfusion