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. the goal to achieve self-sufficiency; and

  3. 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

Blood Transfusion Guide 17th
Guide to the Preparation, Use and Quality Assurance of Blood Components - 17th Edition (2013)

Blood and blood components 1rst edition

Blood and Blood Components: Safety, Quality, Training and Ethical Matters Concerning Preparation, Use and Quality Assurance - 1st Edition (2012)



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