As health systems worldwide continue to cope with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the EDQM/Council of Europe publishes this year’s issue of the Newsletter Transplant. The timely release of this issue is proof of the EDQM’s dedication to the international medical community and all those involved in the preparation of this publication.
This year, the Newsletter Transplant reports data from 71 countries around the world. In Europe* the number of transplantations performed in 2019 remained at the same level compared to 2018 (41 000). A slight increase is observed for deceased (+1%) and living donation (+4%). However, the demand for organs and tissues remain high, bringing the total number of patients ever active on waiting lists in Europe to nearly 150 000.
Produced by the European Committee on Organ Transplantation of the Council of Europe (CD-P-TO) in co-operation with the Spanish National Transplant Organisation (Organización Nacional de Trasplantes, ONT), the Newsletter Transplant monitors practices in donation and transplantation of substances of human origin worldwide and provides essential information for the sake of transparency and international benchmarking. This is why it has become an international reference in the field to support policy makers, health professionals and national competent authorities in their decisions.
It demonstrates the active contribution of the CD-P-TO in securing fundamental human rights, as well as in increasing organ availability, improving the effectiveness of transplantation systems and enhancing the quality and safety of organs, tissues and cells for clinical use.
* European Pharmacopoeia member states
- European Committee on Organ Transplantation (CD-P-TO) work programme and priorities
- Guide to the quality and safety of tissues and cells for human application
- Widely recognised Council of Europe Committee of Ministers recommendations and resolutions in the field of transplantation