Donation after circulatory death today: an updated overview of the European landscape

Mar Lomero, Dale Gardiner, Elisabeth Coll, Bernadette Haase-Kromwijk, Francesco Procaccio, Franz Immer, Lyalya Gabbasova, Corine Antoine, Janis Jushinskis, Nessa Lynch, Stein Foss, Catarina Bolotinha, Tamar Ashkenazi, Luc Colenbie, Andreas Zuckermann, Miloš Adamec, Jarosław Czerwiński, Sonata Karčiauskaitė, Helena Ström, Marta López-FragaBeatriz Dominguez-Gil (Coresponding Author), the European Committee on Organ Transplantation of the Council of Europe (CD-P-TO)

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Donation after circulatory death (DCD) has become an accepted practice in many countries and remains a focus of intense interest in the transplant community. The present study is aimed at providing a description of the current situation of DCD in European countries. Specific questionnaires were developed to compile information on DCD practices, activities and post-transplant outcomes. Thirty-five countries completed the survey. DCD is practiced in 18 countries: eight have both controlled DCD (cDCD) and uncontrolled DCD (uDCD) programs, 4 only cDCD and 6 only uDCD. All these countries have legally binding and/or nonbinding texts to regulate the practice of DCD. The no-touch period ranges from 5 to 30 min. There are variations in ante and post mortem interventions used for the practice of cDCD. During 2008–2016, the highest DCD activity was described in the United Kingdom, Spain, Russia, the Netherlands, Belgium and France. Data on post-transplant outcomes of patients who receive DCD donor kidneys show better results with grafts obtained from cDCD versus uDCD donors. In conclusion, DCD is becoming increasingly accepted and performed in Europe, importantly contributing to the number of organs available and providing acceptable post-transplantation outcomes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)76-88
Number of pages13
JournalTransplant International
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • brain death
  • donation after circulatory death
  • normothermic regional perfusion
  • organ donation
  • transplantation

Field of Science*

  • 3.2 Clinical medicine

Publication Type*

  • 1.1. Scientific article indexed in Web of Science and/or Scopus database


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