Position statement

A national organ donor registry should be developed, implemented and promoted in such a way that the maximum number of usable organs will be available for transplantation.
People with diabetes have a right to be assessed on an individual basis in determining transplant eligibility.

Background and rationale

People with diabetes often require organ transplants if severe complications ensue. The hallmarks of an organ donor system should include ‘ease’ (to encourage people to register) and ‘proactiveness’ (including educational efforts to promote awareness of such a system). As in all instances, eligibility should be determined on a case-by-case basis; one’s diabetes should not be an impediment.

(Note: This statement was previously entitled "CDA's Position on the Organ Donor Registry.") 

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