The Good Practice Guidelines have been prepared through co-operation between the European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines & HealthCare of the Council of Europe (EDQM) and the Commission of the European Union (EU). The elaboration of the Good Practice Guidelines included substantial public consultations giving stakeholders an opportunity to comment on the draft version.

The Good Practice Guidelines were adopted by the European Committee (Partial Agreement) on Blood Transfusion (CD-P-TS) of the Council of Europe during its plenary session in November 2019. The document is an integral part of the 20th edition of the Council of Europe Guide to the preparation, use and quality assurance of blood components, Appendix to Recommendation No. R (95) 15 of the Committee of Ministers, and referred to below as the “Blood Guide”.

Following adoption of the Good Practice Guidelines by the European Commission, European Union and European Economic Area member states shall ensure that blood establishments take fully into account the standards and specifications set out in those guidelines when implementing their quality system, in line with the Commission Directive (EU) 2016/1214. In order to bring into force the laws, regulations and administrative provisions necessary to comply with this Directive, some member states need to translate the text of the Good Practice Guidelines into their national language. The text of the Good Practice Guidelines are published in the Blood Guide and can be downloaded for free.