Its primary responsibilities, according to the terms of reference, are to:
examine questions related to human blood transfusion, with regards to quality and safety standards and their implementation, including collection, preparation, storage, distribution and appropriate use;
assist members states in improving, and if needed, in restructuring their blood transfusion services by promoting principles of voluntary non-remunerated donations;
define and promote the implementation of quality and safety standards in blood and blood components collection, storage, distribution and usage;
taking into account ethical aspects propose safety and quality standards on professional practices and on product specifications;
ensure the transfer of knowledge and expertise through training and networking;
monitor practices in Europe and assess epidemiological risks, in particular of the emergence of new transmissible diseases;
ensure the availability of rare blood products by means of the European Database and Bank of Frozen Blood of Rare Groups.
The Committee meets at least once a year for 2 days.
The Steering Committee is chaired by Dr. Sheila MacLennan and consists of 61 representatives (48 members and 13 observers).
The CD-P-TS has given priority to the following projects:
An expert working group consisting of members from Europe, Australia, New-Zealand and the US tasked with updating the Guide to the Preparation, Use and Quality Assurance of Blood Components;
Setting-up a database listing information on frozen blood units available for international exchanges starting with a pilot phase in 2010/2011;
Recruitment of custodians for frozen blood units of rare groups in 2010 and 2011;
Online reporting from the Council of Europe's Member States on the collection, testing and use of blood and blood components since 2007.
Terms of Reference of the European Committee on Blood Transfusion (CD-P-TS)
Valid from 01 Jan 2014 to 31 Dec 2015
Blood and Blood Components: Safety, Quality, Training and Ethical Matters Concerning Preparation, Use and Quality Assurance - 1st Edition (2012)
26-27 April 2013
Wildbad Kreuth, Germany