Project ACTOR

Duration: 2009-2013
ACtion plan on Transplantation and ORgan donation

Nivel-Logo-ACTOR-250pxStudy on the set-up of organ donation and transplantation in the EU Member States, uptake and impact of the EU Action Plan on Organ Donation and Transplantation .



  • Full title: Action Plan on Organ Donation and Transplantation
  • Deliverables: see publications on the right
  • Funding: EU Health Programme 2008-2013
  • Project participantants: 35 countries (all 27 EU Member States as well as Iceland, Norway, Croatia, Macedonia (fYRoM), Switzerland, Turkey, Liechtenstein and Montenegro)
  • Project partners: Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Centre fot biomedical ethics and law
  • Nivel involvement: lead partner
  • Nivel experts: Prof. Roland Friele PhD
  • International project site: -


In recent years, the number of organ transplants has increased and has become a common practice in medicine. Organ transplantation is crucial for the treatment of certain conditions. Despite this, there is a shortage of organ donors across Europe. To this end, the European Union drew up an action plan in 2009: Action Plan on Organ Donation and Transplantation (2009-2015): Strengthened Cooperation between Member States.

This plan describes a number of action points that can help Member States to reduce the shortage of organ donors. In addition, the action points focus on the quality and safety of organ donation procedures. Three years after adoption of the action plan, the European Union is curious about the degree of implementation of the plan.

 Doel Aims

The research questions of this project are:

  • What efforts have been made so far for the "Action Plan on Organ Donation and Transplantation (2009-2015): Strengthened Cooperation between Member States"?
  • To what extent has this plan been implemented at both EU level and the individual EU Member States?

Producten en dienstenMethods

A systematic review of both scientific and non-scientific sources is carried out, supplemented by consultation of European contacts by means of a questionnaire and an online database. The basis for this are existing action indicators for organ donation, which will be evaluated. This can reveal strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT).


The study provides insight into the extent to which the European member states have implemented the action plan during the first half of the term. Based on this insight, recommendations will be formulated for the further implementation of the action plan.

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Friele, R. Project ACTOR. From: [Last update 08-July-2021; consulted on 17-May-2022]. URL: