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NEW DATES - VIRTUAL EVENT: Keeping up with Reality and Quality: A Challenge for European Blood Establishments

Blood Quality Management system (B-QM)
27 October 2020 to 29 October 2020
Strasbourg, France


Celebrating the 10th anniversary of European Commission and EDQM/Council of Europe co-operation in the field of blood

The year 2020 marks 10 years of successful collaboration between the European Commission (EC) and the EDQM/Council of Europe in the field of blood, 10 years in which scientific, regulatory, societal, economic and other transversal domains have evolved rapidly. European Blood Establishments (BEs) are required to continuously adapt their Quality Systems (QSs) in light of new developments in these domains, while pursuing the public health objective of ensuring continuity of blood supplies. While many of these developments may be beneficial, BEs often lack the necessary resources or capacity to implement the changes they imply and this can also put the achievement of their objectives at risk. 

BEs have faced, and will face in the years to come, a number of issues arising from recent developments, such as new regulations on medical devices, the globalisation of the supplier marketplace, and the changing scope of practice for health professionals in the field. These issues have been observed during audits carried out in European BEs, under the aegis of the EDQM Blood Quality Management (B-QM) Programme, and they have been addressed on several occasions as part of the ongoing evaluation of EU blood legislation. It is also anticipated that these issues will affect the QSs of BEs. 

This year, BEs have also been faced with the major implications of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The EDQM/Council of Europe, in collaboration with the EC, is organising a virtual conference to provide stakeholders with a forum to discuss these challenges. It is essential that stakeholders work together in the early stages to ensure that decision makers are informed about opportunities and threats, and that measures are taken in order to mitigate risks and ensure the most beneficial outcomes. 

From 27 to 29 October 2020, the EDQM/Council of Europe and the EC will be holding a conference to mark their 10 years of successful collaboration. Building on the horizon scanning approach, this virtual conference (a series of webinars) will address the following key topics:

  • 10 years of EC/EDQM collaboration: achievements and future prospects;
  • the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the continuity of blood supply;
  • the globalisation of the supplier marketplace;
  • the new Medical Device (MD) and In Vitro Medical Device (IVD) Regulations;
  • the changing scope of practice for healthcare professionals; and
  • contingency planning and business continuity.

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Objectives of the virtual conference

The objectives of this virtual conference are to:

  • provide participants with the latest information on each of the topics, as well as their state of play;
  • discuss opportunities and risks in relation to changes and emerging issues; and
  • provide expert opinions and recommendations on mitigating risks.

Ultimately, the aim is to draft recommendations that will support stakeholders and decision makers in the sector in developing strategies to overcome emerging issues and that can serve as a basis for future legislative and technical instruments. Speakers will come from international and European authorities, national authorities, BEs, professional associations and suppliers of medical devices.

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9:00-12:00 (CET, Paris)

The EDQM/Council of Europe and the EC – 10 years of co-operation in the field of blood transfusion

This opening webinar will give an overview of the accomplishments and successes of the EDQM/Council of Europe and the EC and the key achievements of 10 years of successful co-operation in this field.

The conference will be opened by Susanne Keitel, Director of the EDQM/Council of Europe,  and a speaker to be confirmed from the European Commission .


14:00-17:15 (CET, Paris)

The COVID-19 pandemic – Impact on the continuity of blood supply

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is creating major disruption at all levels of healthcare services, including blood donations and supply. The second half of this webinar will focus on how BEs can ensure continuity of blood supply, maintain critical processes such as collection and transportation, and how they can rely on their Quality Management System (QMS) during the pandemic. It will also share the viewpoint of a regulatory/competent authority, their experience and lessons learnt during the outbreak.


28 October 2020 – Day 2

9:00-12:00 (CET, Paris)

Globalisation of the supplier marketplace

This webinar will provide insight into the implementation of the EU procurement law in BEs and the challenges being faced by BEs in supply management and auditing of suppliers.

14:00-17:00 (CET, Paris)

New regulatory environment for medical devices

The second part of this webinar will focus on the impact of the new Medical Device (MD) and In Vitro Medical Device (IVD) Regulations on suppliers and their relations with BEs, on IT systems and in-house testing methods in BEs, as well as the reclassification of DEHP. The EDQM B-PTS Programme and considerations for Common Technical Specifications will also be presented.


29 October 2020 – Day 3

9:00-12:00 (CET, Paris)

Health professionals, changing scope of practice

The activities of healthcare professionals working in BEs, including nurses, physicians and pharmacists, are regulated by national and EU laws which define their scope of practice. However, in light of ongoing demographic changes, variations in the availability of personnel in certain professions and evolving competences and needs, there are growing demands to re-deploy health professionals with a view to ensuring their efficient utilisation and safeguarding blood supply continuity. This session will cover EU law governing the work of health professionals and share experiences as well as enablers and obstacles of the changing scope of practice for health professionals in BEs. 

14:00-16:30 (CET, Paris)

Working together to support blood establishments & ensure continuity of supply

Ensuring the continuity of blood supply, both donations (collection) and transfusion (demand), is a challenge for BEs. The last part of this webinar will share information on the various initiatives that have been launched, for example the EDQM/EC initiative on contingency planning, the initiatives that have been taken in the medical devices sector, and the supporting initiatives started by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), DG-REFORM, the European Commission and the EDQM/Council of Europe.


Who should attend?

This virtual conference (webinars) is intended for blood sector professionals. 

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Conference virtual poster session

E-posters related to topics addressed during the conference will be presented by their authors during dedicated sessions in the programme. The posters will be available for download by the participants after the conference.

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System requirements

No special software is necessary for the webinar. If you wish to connect to audio using VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) you will need a fast Internet connection, a microphone and speakers. A USB headset is recommended. The VoIP connection is free.

You are strongly advised to consult your IT Department to ensure your computer can receive the webinar and that the following domain names are neither rejected nor blocked as spam, otherwise you will not receive the link to connect to the webinar: and

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