On 31 May 2007, the Commission issued a communication concerning organ donation and transplantation. It offers a dual action mechanism:
- a plan for strengthening active coordination and cooperation between Member States,
- a legal tool outlining the fundamental principles of quality and security.
Consequently, a 2009-2015 action plan was adopted by the European Commission on 8 December 2008. It comprises ten priority actions which aim to encourage joint initiatives and facilitate coordination between Member States.
For example, the action plan considers that the presence of an organ donation manager (local coordinators), whose main task is to draw up a prospective donor detection system constitutes the most important element for the optimisation of organ donation. Therefore, the plan provided for the gradual setting up of a local coordination function in all hospitals where organ donation is possible.