The Steering Committee (CD-P-TS)
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 CD-P-TS is composed of 46 experts from 39 Council of Europe member states and 12 observers including the EU Commission and WHO, meets at least once a year to discuss its work programme during the plenary session. The Committee is chaired by Dr Sheila MacLennan.
The CD-P-TS has given priority to the following projects:
- Periodic revision of the Guide to the Preparation, Use and Quality Assurance of Blood Components by a dedicated working group including experts from Europe, Australia, New Zealand and the United States of America.
- Operating an IT database to facilitate bilateral exchanges of frozen rare blood group units for patients in need
- Publishing annual reports on data on “the collection, testing and use of blood and blood components in Europe”.