(21/05/13) The EDQM will participate in the upcoming 23rd Regional Congress of the International Society Blood Transfusion (ISBT) that will take place in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, from 2-5 June 2013. This event is especially significant as the EDQM will present its new edition of the Guide to the Preparation, Use and Quality Assurance of Blood Components (17th Edition 2012).
(06/05/13) The eTACT project has taken further steps towards achieving a secure, patient-friendly and cost-effective traceability service for medicines. These steps include consulting business stakeholders in order to fine-tune the details of all business processes as well as organising numerous workshops over the last 18 months, paving the way for the establishment of a real-scale pan-European eTACT traceability serialisation service that is fit-for-purpose.
(20/12/12) The report of the Dutch Ministers Summit on “The responsible use of medicines, setting policies for better and cost-effective healthcare” (Amsterdam, 3 October 2012) refers to the EDQM report on “Pharmaceutical Care: Policies and Practices for a Safer, More Responsible and Cost-effective Health System” (2012).
In the same vein as the summit conclusions, the EDQM report recommends to governments to promote and implement pharmaceutical care quality concepts in their healthcare systems, proposes suitable indicators and stresses the need for patient participation and cooperation between all healthcare professionals.
(13/12/12) The EDQM organised, with the expert support of the Committee of Experts on counterfeiting of medical products and similar crimes, special training sessions on “Best practices to combat counterfeit medicines and similar crimes and to protect public health” in Yerevan, Armenia on 06-07 November and “Networking between Single Points of Contact (SPOCs) within Health authorities, Police and Customs” in Zagreb, Croatia on 04-05 December 2012.
(29/11/12) The eTACT project, launched by the Council of Europe and its European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines & HealthCare (EDQM) in January 2012, has taken another step towards achieving a secure, patient-friendly and cost-effective traceability service for medicines, by holding a successful workshop on 14-15 November in Sofia, Bulgaria.
The workshop, the latest in a series aimed at engaging with key stakeholders (including actors in the supply-chain, regulatory authorities and patients’ organisations) in order to further refine the eTACT service, was attended by over 80 participants from 16 European countries.
Proceedings are available for:
1 October 2012
EDQM Symposium on Blood Supply Management
NEW: Organ, Tissue and Cells - 2nd Edition (2012).