At this year’s plenary session of the European Committee on Organ Transplantation in London, delegates elected Franz Immer as the new Chair of the committee. This is the first time Switzerland has chaired the committee.
“In my role as the Chair of the committee, for the next two years, I will focus on fostering the sharing of knowledge between organizations and experts, and on maintaining and improving standards in organ transplantation”, explained Franz Immer. The European Committee on Organ Transplantation (CD-P-TO) is a centralized platform for coordinating European cooperative efforts in organ donation and organ transplantation. The committee promotes non-remunerated organ donation, combats organ trafficking and fosters the development of quality and safety standards in the field of organ transplantation. After his election to the post, Franz Immer said: “It is a great honour for me to accept this responsibility as the new Chair.”
The CEO of Swisstransplant has been active at the CD-P-TO since 2014 as the Swiss delegate. Four years ago, together with the committee, he organized the “Walk against organ trafficking”, in order to take a stand against organ trafficking and show support for the Council of Europe Convention against Trafficking in Human Organs. Franz Immer is taking over from fellow member country Spain, which has chaired the committee for the last two years.
The CD-P-TO monitors and coordinates the work of the Council of Europe in the areas of organ transplantation and transplantation of tissues and cells. The committee is made up of internationally recognized experts from 46 member states, including representatives of non-governmental organizations.