The European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines & HealthCare (EDQM) has just published an information booklet on corneal transplants. It explains what a corneal transplant is, who may be concerned and provides expert information on the different implantation procedures and techniques, along with clear guidelines on post-transplant care. It also provides patients and their families with comprehensive information on all aspects relating to ocular tissue donation and eye banking, such as who is a suitable ocular tissue donor or what happens during the tissue donation process. This type of procedure, which has been practiced for over 100 years, can vastly improve the quality of life of those in need.
The European Committee on Organ Transplantation (CD-P-TO), a Council of Europe steering committee, drafted this booklet in collaboration with the European Association of Tissue and Cell Banks (EATCB) and the European Eye Bank Association (EEBA). The CD-P-TO, composed of internationally recognised experts, oversees organ transplantation activities at the EDQM/Council of Europe, and has published a variety of free information booklets informing the general public of the potential benefits of treatments and procedures based on substances of human origin (such as organs, tissues and cells).