On 9 and 10 November 2023, the Organización Nacional de Trasplantes (ONT), under the Spanish Presidency of the Council of the European Union, convened in Santander a Global Summit entitled “Towards Global Convergence in Transplantation: Sufficiency, Transparency and Oversight”. The Summit was coorganised by the European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines and Healthcare (EDQM) of the Council of Europe, the European Society for Organ Transplantation (ESOT), and The Transplantation Society (TTS). The Summit was co-sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and supported by the International Society of Nephrology (ISN).
The Summit’s objective was to pave the way for global action in transplantation for the next decade. In particular, the Summit aimed to critically review the current state of donation and transplantation of organs, tissues, and cells, identify key challenges, and shape the future direction of transplant activities worldwide to ensure that advances in this field benefit citizens across the globe.
The Summit, attended by 183 participants from 57 countries, international organisations and professional associations, concluded with the following set of recommendations targeted to national and regional governments, though acknowledging the role of other key stakeholders, including health authorities, relevant professional associations, healthcare professionals and institutions, law enforcement agencies, academic and research institutions, and civil society organisations. The Summit also called upon international organisations, in particular the European Union, the Council of Europe, and the WHO, to provide guidance and support States in taking effective measures to implement these recommendations to ensure that no one is left behind.