European Quality System for Tissue Banking

M. Manyalich, A. Navarro, J. Koller, B. Loty, A. de Guerra, O. Cornu, G. Vabels, P. M. Fornasari, A. N. Costa, I. Siska, M. Hirn, N. Franz, B. Miranda, A. Kaminski, I. Uhrynowska, J. Van Baare, E. Trias, C. Fernández, T. de By, S. PoniatowskiR. Carbonell

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Aim: The aims of this project were to analyze the factors that influence quality and safety of tissues for transplantation and to develop the method to ensure standards of quality and safety in relation to tissue banking as demanded by European Directive 2004/23/EC and its technical annexes. It is organized in 4 Working Groups, the objectives of each one being focused in a specific area. Standards: The Guide of Recommendations for Tissue Banking is structured into 4 parts: (1) quality systems that apply to tissue banking and general quality system requirements, (2) regulatory framework in Europe, (3) standards available, and (4) recommendations of the fundamental quality and safety keypoints. Registry: This Working Group handled design of a multinational musculoskeletal tissue registry prototype. Training: This Working Group handled design and validation of a specialized training model structured into online and face-to-face courses. The model was improved with suggestions from students, and 100% certification was obtained. Audit: The Guide for Auditing Tissue Establishments provides guidance for auditors, a self-assessment questionnaire, and an audit report form. The effectiveness and sustainability of the outputs were assessed. Both guides are useful for experienced tissue establishments and auditors and also for professionals that are starting in the field. The registry prototype proves it is possible to exchange tissues between establishments throughout Europe. The training model has been effective in educating staff and means having professionals with excellent expertise. Member states could adapt/adopt it. The guides should be updated periodically and perhaps a European organization should take responsibility for this and even create a body of auditors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2035-2043
Number of pages9
JournalTransplantation Proceedings
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Transplantation


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