Organisation & Work Programme
The Steering Committee (CD-P-TO)
The European Committee on Organ Transplantation (CD-P-TO) is the steering committee in charge of organ transplantation activities at the EDQM. It actively promotes the non-commercialisation of organ donation, the fight against organ trafficking and the development of ethical, quality and safety standards in the field of organ, tissue and cell transplantation. Its activities include the collection of international data and monitoring of practices in Europe, the transfer of knowledge and expertise between organisations and experts through training and networking and the elaboration of reports, surveys and recommendations.
The CD-P-TO was established following the Third Conference of European Health Ministers in Paris in 1987 on the Ethical, Organisational and Legislative Aspects of Organ Transplantation. This Committee is chaired by Dr Emanuele Cozzi (Italy) and co-chaired by Dr Akila Chandrasekar (United Kingdom) and is composed of internationally-recognised experts from Council of Europe member states, observer countries, the European Commission, the World Health Organization (WHO), representatives from the Steering Committee for the protection of human rights in the fields of biomedicine and health (CDBIO) and several other non-governmental organisations. Their activities are co-ordinated by the scientific Secretariat.
The mission of the CD-P-TO is to:
- Examine questions related to the transplantation of organs, tissues and cells, with regards to quality and safety standards and their implementation.
- Monitor practices in Europe and assess risks linked to procurement, storage and transplantation of organs, tissues and cells.
- Assist member states in improving their organ transplantation services whilst promoting the principle of voluntary non-remunerated donations.
- Provide guidelines on ethical, quality and safety standards and their implementation.
- Examine the organisational structures concerning organ transplantation with a view to addressing the causes of organ shortages.
- Develop links between organ exchange organisations and experts throughout Europe and ensure the transfer of knowledge and expertise.
- Contribute to raising the awareness of the general public on organ, tissue and cell donation for transplantation.
Fertility preservation: A guide for people facing an illness or life events that may affect their fertility (June 2021)
Donation of oocytes, a guide for women to support informed decisions (2018)
Exercise your way to better post-transplant health (2016)
Dr Akila Chandrasekar, Co-Chair of the European Committee on Organ Transplantation on the occasion of the International Women's Day
Guide to the quality and safety of organs for transplantation - 7th edition (2018)
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.
Guide to the quality and safety of tissues and cells for human applications - 4th Edition (2017)
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.