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Transplantation / Legal Framework | News | 27 October 2020 | Strasbourg, France
On 21 October 2020, Switzerland ratified the Council of Europe Convention against Trafficking in Human Organs, also known as the Santiago de Compostela Convention. The convention will enter into force in the country as of 1 February 2021. This legal instrument identifies various activities constituting human organ trafficking that ratifying member states must consider as criminal offences. By...
Transplantation / European Organ Donation Day (EODD) | News | 08 October 2020 | Strasbourg, France
Organ, tissue and cell transplantation is one of the great medical success stories of modern times. In many cases, it is the only life-saving treatment for patients with end-stage organ failure, devastating burn injuries or blood cancers, and in many others it can significantly improve the quality of life of patients, for example, by restoring their sight. On average, 41 000 organ...
Transplantation / Legal Framework | News | 08 October 2020 | Strasbourg, France
The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe has adopted two new recommendations, calling on member states to ensure that quality and safety standards for the donation and transplantation or human application of organs, tissues and cells are respected in accordance with the technical guides published by the European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines & HealthCare (EDQM) of the...
Transplantation / Legal Framework | News | 08 October 2020 | Strasbourg, France
The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe has adopted a recommendation calling on member states to take measures to protect the health of donors of haematopoietic progenitor cells (HPCs). These cells are used as a lifesaving treatment for patients with severe blood diseases and are the most frequently donated cells for transplantation.
Transplantation / Public awareness | News | 02 October 2020 | Strasbourg, France
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.
Transfusion / Projects | News | 28 September 2020 | Strasbourg, France
The European Commission (EC) and the European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines & HealthCare (EDQM) of the Council of Europe began formally co-operating in the field of blood in 2010, and later extended the scope of this work to the area of tissues and cells. Their co-operation is contributing to laying the groundwork for a harmonised governance framework for substances of human origin...
Transfusion / Projects | News | 21 September 2020 | Strasbourg, France
The EDQM/Council of Europe will implement the “Reorganisation of the Romanian Blood System” project. The project aims to support Romania in setting up a fit-for-purpose and efficient blood transfusion system aligned with European Union and EDQM standards. The EDQM is therefore seeking experienced professionals in the field of blood transfusion to provide consultancy services in order to: develop...
Transfusion / General | News | 07 September 2020 | Strasbourg, France
Blood transfusion is a life-saving measure: more than 25 million units of blood are transfused per year in Europe and nearly 1 400 blood establishments (BEs) are involved in the supply of blood in Europe on a daily basis.
EDQM / All activities | News | 17 August 2020 | Strasbourg, France
The EDQM’s core activities include the provision of documentary and physical (reference) standards to ensure the quality of medicines and their ingredients. Availability of and access for patients to quality medicines is more important than ever in the context of the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Transfusion / Blood Quality Management system (B-QM) | News | 11 August 2020 | Strasbourg, France
In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the EDQM/Council of Europe and the European Commission (EC) have decided to modify the conference “Keeping up with Reality and Quality: A Challenge for European Blood Establishments” to a fully online format that will take place from Tuesday 27 to Thursday 29 October 2020.
Transplantation / Tissue | News | 06 July 2020 | Strasbourg, France
As the COVID-19 pandemic begins to stabilise and we gradually return to normal daily life, it will be important to continue to ensure a safe and sufficient supply of tissues from deceased donors and to support donation and transplantation programmes. Additional measures will have to be taken to foster safe practice within tissue establishments and to minimise the risks related to SARS-CoV-2 for...
EDQM / All activities | News | 30 June 2020 | Strasbourg, France
The European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines & HealthCare’s 2019 annual report is now available, providing a comprehensive overview of our activities in 2019 and information on our achievements and events.