From the EU Legislation to the Application of the Single European Code: Support to the Implementation

Valentina Caramia, Angelo Ghirardini, Paola Di Ciaccio, Francesca Vespasiano, Maura Mareri, Alessandro Nanni Costa

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The Italian National Transplant Centre (CNT) is coordinating with the Italian National Blood Centre (CNS) the Joint Action 'VISTART' (EU Grant Agreement n. 676969), which has received funding from the European Union's Health Programme (2014-2020). CNT is also the leader of the Joint Action's Work Package 10 aimed at providing technical support and guidance to European tissue- and cell-competent authorities and to tissue establishments across the European Union in the implementation of the Single European Code (SEC). A consortium of three organizations, built by CNT, the International Council for Commonality in Blood Banking Automation (ICCBBA) and Artman Technologies under the European Commission funded service contract 'Eurocet128' (, already built the European Tissue Establishment and Tissue and Cell Product Compendia between 2011 and 2014 in order to provide European Member States with a tool which would grant traceability of tissues and cells at human transplant purpose across the European Union. The two compendia are available on an online platform hosted and managed by the European Commission.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)391-394
Number of pages4
JournalTransfusion Medicine and Hemotherapy
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2017


  • Cells
  • Compendium
  • EU legislation
  • Eurocet128
  • Product
  • Single European Code
  • Tissue establishment
  • Tissues
  • Traceability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Hematology


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