Tools to support contingency and emergency planning for blood systems

EDQM 06/04/2022 Strasbourg, France

In emergency situations, it is vital to ensure a safe and adequate supply of blood for all essential transfusions. Join our Webinar to learn more! The Blood Supply Contingency and Emergency Plan (B-SCEP) Project was launched by the European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines & HealthCare...

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Joint presentation of EDQM and DH-BIO about Council of Europe principles of voluntary non remunerated blood donation / prohibition of financial gain with respect to donation at Members of the European Parliament hosted event

EDQM 05/11/2021 Strasbourg, France

Human plasma is the critical component of numerous therapeutic products used in the treatment of life-threatening diseases, including bleeding or immune system disorders and other severe pathologies. In recent years, the global use of and demand for plasma for fractionation have grown and it is a...

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Registrations open! Brand new Quality Risk Management training for blood establishments

EDQM 14/10/2021 Strasbourg, France

The supply of blood components involves a series of complex processes composed of numerous steps, each carrying intrinsic and extrinsic risks. Blood establishments must continuously adapt to new regulatory and technical requirements in quality management as part of their risk avoidance strategy....

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Highlights of 2020 – EDQM annual report now available

EDQM 06/07/2021 Strasbourg, France

The 2020 annual report of the European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines & HealthCare (EDQM) is now available, providing a comprehensive overview of its activities, achievements and events. While the year 2020 will long be remembered for the COVID-19 pandemic almost bringing the world to a...

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The Council of Europe appoints future EDQM Director

EDQM 28/06/2021 Strasbourg, France

The Council of Europe has appointed Petra Dörr, PhD, as future Director of the European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines & HealthCare (EDQM). She will take over the function from the current Director, Susanne Keitel, in October 2021. Petra Dörr comes to the EDQM with more than 25 years of...

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June 14 is World Blood Donor Day! Give blood and keep the world beating

EDQM 14/06/2021 Strasbourg, France

At every moment, someone, somewhere, needs blood. 
Blood components – plasma, red cells and platelets – are routinely used to save patients’ lives during surgery, after an accident or during acute illnesses, such as cancer or haemophilia. Regular blood donations are needed to give...

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“The collection, testing and use of blood and blood components in Europe”, 2016 report, now available for download from the EDQM

EDQM 24/02/2021 Strasbourg, France

The European Committee on Blood Transfusion (CD-P-TS) has approved the publication of the 2016 edition of “The collection, testing and use of blood and blood components in Europe”. In total, 28 Council of Europe member states,[1] representing some 430 million inhabitants, reported annual data for...

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Reorganisation of the Romanian blood system – NEW Deadline for tendering: Consultants for the provision of local co-ordination services

EDQM 21/01/2021 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...

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EDQM and EC build on 10 years of co-operation to support a more sustainable blood supply and resilient blood sector

EDQM 08/12/2020 Strasbourg, France

A conference celebrating 10 years of co-operation between the European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines & HealthCare (EDQM) and the European Commission (EC) in the field of blood transfusion shed light on the challenges faced by blood establishments (BEs) in securing sustainable blood...

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10 years of co-operation between the European Commission and the EDQM/Council of Europe in the field of blood: key achievements in standard setting

EDQM 28/09/2020 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...

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Reorganisation of the Romanian Blood System

EDQM 21/09/2020 Strasbourg, France

Call for tenders: International consultants for the provision of consultancy services DEADLINE: midnight (CET), 22 October 2020 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...

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10 years of collaboration between the European Commission and the EDQM in the field of blood

EDQM 07/09/2020 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. In the 1980s, the emergence of HIV/Aids brought new focus to the importance...

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New dates and new format for the EDQM/Council of Europe and European Commission (EC) joint conference “Keeping up with Reality and Quality: A Challenge for European Blood Establishments”

EDQM 11/08/2020 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...

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20th edition of the EDQM Blood Guide now available

EDQM 26/05/2020 Strasbourg, France

The EDQM, Council of Europe, has just released the 20th edition of the Guide to the preparation, use and quality assurance of blood components (also known as the Blood Guide). Used in more than 90 countries, the Blood Guide is considered a gold standard in blood transfusion. It supports...

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EDQM website search engine deactivated

EDQM 02/03/2020 Strasbourg, France

The EDQM regrets to inform its users that the search engine on its website has been deactivated and is currently unavailable for technical reasons. We are aware of this recurring issue and are working on a long-term solution. We therefore request that our users refrain from contacting the EDQM...

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Recommendations to stakeholders on plasma supply management

EDQM 11/02/2020 Strasbourg, France

The EDQM has published the recommendations resulting from the International Symposium on Plasma Supply Management organised in co-operation with the European Commission on 29 and 30 January 2019. In recent years, the global use of and demand for plasma for fractionation have grown and this trend...

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EDQM launches a new HelpDesk

EDQM 21/11/2019 Strasbourg, France

As part of its efforts to improve customer service, the EDQM has developed a streamlined version of its HelpDesk and FAQs platform. The new HelpDesk was redesigned on the basis of feedback received from users and now benefits from a more intuitive interface, which is expected to enhance customer...

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EDQM 2020 Conference for European Blood Establishments

EDQM 08/11/2019 Strasbourg, France

The year 2020 will mark 10 years of successful collaboration between the EU and the EDQM in the field of blood. On this occasion the EDQM, in collaboration with the European Commission, is organising a conference on the latest challenges faced by European Blood Establishments. This event will...

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World Blood Donor Day June 14, 2019: “By donating blood, you can save lives!”

EDQM 13/06/2019 Strasbourg, France

EDQM supports World Blood Donor Day on 14 June 2019. We invite all our website visitors and social media followers to consider blood donation and to mobilise their families, friends and colleagues to do the same. When it comes to blood donation, every link in the chain matters! Discover the...

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EDQM releases proceedings from its training sessions on Quality Management Systems and Statistical Process Control for Blood Establishments

EDQM 08/04/2019 Strasbourg, France

The EDQM has made available on its website the proceedings of two of its recent training sessions on Quality Management Systems (QMS) and Statistical Process Control (SPC) for Blood Establishments. These proceedings provide Blood Establishments in Europe with the latest knowledge on Quality...

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