Background & Mission

Blood Transfusion


The work of the Council of Europe in the blood transfusion area started in the 1950's. The relevant Committees are as follows:

  • the European Committee on Blood Transfusion (Steering Committee) (CD-P-TS); and

  • the Committee on Quality Assurance in Blood Transfusion Services (Expert Committee) (GTS).

These committees built the programme on blood transfusion around three major principles:

  1. the non-commercialisation of substances of human origin given on the basis of a voluntary and non-remunerated donation;

  2. mutual assistance, and

  3. the protection for both the donors and the recipients.



With these objectives in mind, the Council of Europe concentrates on: studying the ethical, legal and organisational aspects of blood transfusion with a view to ensuring quality, increasing availability, avoiding wastage, ensuring optimal use of blood supplies and analysing the possible ethical and organisational impact of new scientific developments.


Latest Publications



 NEW:  Guide to the Preparation, Use and Quality Assurance of Blood Components - 18th Edition (2015)


report on survey BSM
Report of the survey on Blood supply management in member and observer states (2012)


Report symposium on blood management
Symposium on blood supply management, 1-2 October 2012 - Proceedings

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