The Institute of the Republic of Slovenia for the Transplantation of Organs and Tissues, Slovenija-transplant (ST), began to function independently in 2002. Founded by the government of the Republic of Slovenia (RS), ST operates under the auspices of the Ministry of Health of RS.
Slovenija-transplant is a central liaison body that links together donor and transplant centres within the national transplantation network. It promotes the development of donor and transplant services in Slovenia and coordinates their activities at the national level, offers training programmes for healthcare professionals and the general public, provides professional control of quality and safety in donor and transplant activities, and cooperates with the international European organisation, Eurotransplant.
The legal basis for the foundation and operation of the public institute Slovenija-transplant (ST) is provided by the Act on Procurement and Transplantation of Human Body Parts for Therapeutic Purposes (Organ Transplant Act, Official Gazette of RS, No. 12/2000), and the Act Governing the Quality and Safety of Human Tissues and Cells Used in Medical Treatment (Official Gazette of RS, No. 61/2007).
We will continue to manage activities in the field of procurement and use of human body
parts for the purpose of medical treatment according to the principles of:
Preventing any form of abuse and ensuring complete transparency of donation and transplantation activities will remain a major focus of our attention. We will continue to follow modern developments in transplantation medicine and introduce the latest effective and patient-friendly forms of treatment. With changing protocols, laws and regulations governing the procurement of human body parts for therapeutic purposes, we will observe the medical criteria, the highest principles of respect for human dignity, and critical ethical and social considerations. We will be continuously active in informing and raising awareness of the public about transplantation activities and voluntary consent to organ and tissue donation.