These guidelines (3rd edition, published May 2011) address the issues in practice and policy for living donor kidney transplantion.
At the time of writing, living donors account for 1 in 2 organ donors and 1 in 3 kidney transplants performed in the UK are from living donors. The latest national statistics show that in 2008-9 and 2009-10, there was an 11% increase in living donor kidney transplants performed year on year, to 927 and 1037 respectively. Over the last 10 years, there has been a 65% increase in overall living donor activity, from 372 donors in 2000-1 to 1061 in 2009-10, with all transplant centres now actively engaged in living donor kidney transplantation. This represents a significant change in practice and necessitates clear, contemporary, evidence-based guidance.