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.

Basic tasks of Slovenija-transplant

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).

Basic tasks and responsibilities of Slovenija-transplant are:

  • promotion of the transplantation programme, including procurement of organs, tissues and cells,
  • coordination of transplantation activities at the national and international levels,
  • supervision of all activities in the field of transplantation in Slovenia.

Under the Organ Transplant Act and ST’s Statute, the main activities of Slovenija-transplant are:

  1. professional supervision and counselling of donor and transplant centres in connection with setting up and updating a system for quality and safety of organs for transplantation;
  2. appointing competent persons authorised to recruit individuals to donate organs after death;
  3. administering a system for reporting severe adverse events and reactions and dealing with such cases;
  4. managing recipient waiting lists;
  5. issuing appropriate professional guidelines to donor and transplant centres involved at any stage of the process from donation to transplantation or disposal;
  6. supervising exchange of organs with other member states of the European Union and third countries;
  7. creating and managing a central registry;
  8. keeping record of activities of donor and transplant centres, including number of living and deceased donors, and type and number of organs that have been removed, transplanted or discarded, in compliance with the legislation and regulations on personal data protection,
  9. setting up a system for allocation and use of a national identification number,
  10. creating and managing a database of declared donors,
  11. creating and keeping a record of authorizations granted to donor and transplant centres, and a record of hospital, central, and clinical transplant coordinators;
  12. coordinating the work of donor and transplant centres and transplant coordinators;
  13. upgrading and maintaining a central information system for activities of organ procurement, transplantation and disposal;
  14. in cooperation with the Blood Transfusion Centre of RS, ensuring the building-up of the register of unrelated bone marrow donors;
  15. participating in the study of medical, legal, ethical, economic and social questions concerning organ procurement and transplantation;
  16. coordinating activities of organ procurement, transplantation and disposal among donor and transplant centres, laboratories, organ transport providers, the contracted European organ exchange organisation, and international organ exchange organisations;
  17. ensuring 24-hour availability of central transplant coordinators;
  18. informing the public of the importance of living and deceased organ donation for the purpose of transplantation into another person;
  19. 19. preparing and publishing annual reports on activities of organ supply at the national level, and reporting to competent bodies of the European Union or EU member states.

Vision of the Institute


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:

  • self-sufficiency,
  • equality for all patients,
  • optimal efficiency,
  • prevention of any form of abuse,
  • following current development trends and introducing the latest forms of treatment that are effective and patient-friendly,
  • the applicable legislation.


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.