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Background & Mission


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:

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

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