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Welcome to the homepage of the Organ Coordination Office (OCO) which organisation belongs to the Hungarian National Blood Transfusion Service as one department of it.

We are in the OCO working together with all Hungarian transplant centers to increase the number of transplants, to save patients’ life waiting on waiting lists and/or to improve the quality of life. There is no transplant without organs!


Organ Coordination Office (OCO)

Contact data of the Hungarian Competent Authority for organs

The name of organisation: Hungarian National Blood Transfusion Service, Organ Coordination Office

Telephone number:+ 36 1 3914570
Email address:
Fax number:+36 1 3981177
Address: H-1113 Budapest, Karolina út 19-21.
laying down information procedures for the exchange, between Member States, of human organs intended for transplantation
Article 8

Interconnection between Member States

Member States shall communicate to the Commission the contact details of the competent authority or delegated bodies to which the relevant information shall be transmitted for the purpose of, on the one hand, Article 5, and, on the other hand, Articles 6 and 7. These contact details include at least the following data: the organisation’s name, telephone number, e- mail address, fax number and postal address.
Where a Member State has several competent authorities or delegated bodies, it shall ensure that the information received by one of them pursuant to Article 5, 6 or 7 is forwarded to the appropriate competent authority or delegated body at national level, in accordance with the repartition of competences in that Member State.
The Commission shall make available to the Member States a list of all competent authorities and delegated bodies designated by Member States in accordance with paragraph 1. The Member States shall keep the information in that list up to date. The Commission may entrust the establishment and maintenance of this list to a third party.



The Organ Coordination Office began its activities on 1 January 2007 as a new department under the control of the Deputy Director of HNBTS. The director of OCO is responsible for operational management. The Office centrally coordinates all Hungarian organ procurement processes, therefore establishing and operating three levels of
donor-transplant coordination.

Five national coordinators work on the first level in the central office to receive all donor reports from all Hungarian hospitals at a toll-free number. They maintain contact between the donor hospital and all other involved parties, and perform coordination from the donor report through organ procurement.

Six regional clinical coordinators work on the second level in transplant centers, continuing coordination after the procurement through the transplant. The establishment of hospital coordination has just started involving currently 8 hospitals, and we plan to reach 45 collaborating hospitals within the next 3 years, with the support of the
Ministry of Human Resources.

The OCO represents Hungary in EU co-funded projects (DOPKI, COORENOR, MODE, ACCORD) as associated partner and/or work package leader. The OCO was highly involved in the Hungarian implementation process of the 2010/53/EU directive on standards of quality and safety of human organs intended for transplantation.

The main function of the OCO is to coordinate all Hungarian organ procurements, the Office is open for:

  • a 24/7 duty to receive donor reports,
  • estimating the suitability of donors and all transplantable organs using the first available information,
  • informing the competent transplant centres about the possible donor organ and organizing the organ procurement and transport process.

Other tasks:

  • donation promotion program, for example the hospital visit program,
  • organization and performance of accredited training programmes for professionals involved in the organ donation process,
  • keeping involved hospitals, transplant centres and other health service providers informed,
  • educating the public regularly through the mass media.

Activity in 2011:

  • 234 organ donor reports,
  • 131 actual cadaver donors (41% MOD rate),
  • 349 procured organs intended for transplant,
  • 269 organ transplantation (all procured lungs were transplanted in Vienna according to existing twinning and 47 more from living donors),
  • 2,66 procured and 2,33 utilized organs/donor,
  • 58 donor hospitals,
  • 6 transplant centers,
  • 2 HLA tissue typing laboratories (within the HNBTS).