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EDQM Strasbourg, France 06/04/2022
Tools to support contingency and emergency planning for blood systems

In emergency situations, it is vital to ensure a safe and adequate supply of blood for all essential transfusions. Join our Webinar to learn more!

The Blood Supply Contingency and Emergency Plan (B-SCEP) Project was launched by the European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines & HealthCare (EDQM) with a view to provide practical tools to assist European countries in establishing or strengthening contingency and emergency plans for their blood systems.

Through this project, a tool was developed, consisting of two parts:

  • the B-SCEP Recommendations include general recommendations on establishment, implementation and maintenance of a B-SCEP and specific recommendations on actions to be undertaken by key stakeholders;
  • the Model Preparedness Plan provides a B-SCEP template. It aids in structuring key elements of the blood system in relation to emergencies, and provides a risk assessment tool to define relevant risk scenarios, identify stakeholders and decide how and when the stakeholders should operate and interact.

This was supported by a survey aimed at gathering an overview of the state of play regarding these plans in European countries. It is summarised in the B-SCEP Survey Report. The report shows that although most countries have emergency measures in place, there is large variation in plan structure, content, level of detail, and view on key stakeholders and risk scenarios.

The toolkit and the survey report are available for download on the B-SCEP web page. The Recommendations and Model Preparedness Plan toolkit will be available from the same page by mid-April.

B-SCEP Webinar: 5 May 2022, 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. CET

In this context, the EDQM is pleased to invite you to an introduction of the B-SCEP tools and how they can be applied to support contingency and emergency planning in your blood system.

It also will address the state of play of contingency and emergency plans in different European blood systems, and why there is a need to strengthen collaboration between European countries in this area.

The webinar is addressed to any stakeholders having responsibilities ensuring the blood supply.

Take this opportunity to register for the webinar and join in the discussion.

More details are available on the B-SCEP Webinar page.

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