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NEW: Guide to the quality and safety of organs for transplantation

Transplant medicine and transplantation have progressed during the last decades in a way that nobody would have imagined before. The transplantation of organs offers major therapeutic benefits and improvements to quality of life and is, in many cases, the only life-saving treatment for end-stage organ failure.

This new 6th Edition of the Guide collates updated information to provide professionals identifying organ donors, transplant co-ordinators managing the donation process and transplant physicians responsible for organ allocation and utilisation with a useful overview of the most recent advancements in the field.

It is intended to provide easy-to-use information and guidance to all professionals involved in donation and transplantation of organs so as to maximise their quality and to minimise risks and, thereby, improve the success rate of transplants.

The electronic version of this Guide can be downloaded for free online. It  will soon be available for purchase at the EDQM Store.

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More information on what has changed in the 6th Edition



Guide to the quality and safety of tissues and cells for human application

Human tissues and cells are being used in an increasing variety of ways, and advances in transplantation therapy have unquestionable benefits. Human cells and tissues for human application can save lives or restore essential functions, but the use of human tissues and cells also raises questions of safety and quality.


This 2nd Edition of the Guide to the quality and safety of tissues and cells for human application contains information and guidance for all professionals involved in identifying potential donors, managing the process of donation after death, bone marrow and cord blood collection, tissue and cell processing and storage (including assisted reproductive technology), and in the auditing of establishments and organisations responsible for human application of tissues and cells.

The Guide is divided into two parts. Part A contains general requirements applicable to all establishments involved in the donation, procurement, testing, processing, preservation, storage and distribution of tissues and cells that are not manipulated exclusively. Part B contains specific guidelines and requirements for the different tissue and/or cell types.

What’s new? In this second edition, all of the chapters have been revised thoroughly to update their contents with the most recent advances in the field. In addition, many new and important chapters have been added.

More information on what has changed in the 2nd Edition

The Guide is available in English, in print and online version (available for purchase at the EDQM Store). In order to be able to access the online version of this publication, you will need to register your print copy, using the EPID code attached at the back of the guide. More information on how to register and access your online version.

General Information on the Tissue and Cells Guide

Foreword & List of Contents - Guide to the quality and safety of tissues and cells for human application - 2nd Edition (2015)




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