EPF is pleased to invite you to attend the upcoming webinar “The evaluation of the EU’s Blood, Tissues and Cells Directives – what is at stake for the patient community?”.

When: 9 February 2022, from 15.00 to 16.30 CET.

You can register at this link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2226240987090569996

Can’t make it to the live streaming? Register anyway and you will receive the recording afterwards.

More information on the topic

The EU has set its ambition to build a Stronger European Health Union. As part of these efforts, the EU Directives 2002/98/EC and 2004/23/EC (commonly referred to as the EU legislation on blood, tissues, and cells; or the “BTC legislation”) has helped for the last 20 years to ensure the safety of patients undergoing blood transfusions, transplantations, and medically assisted reproductions. The BTC legislation sets the minimum quality and safety requirements for all steps from donation to human application.

After more than 16 years in place, the legislation cannot keep up with all the new scientific and technical developments that have taken place. Accordingly, the European Commission identified a series of shortcomings in the current legislation in a 2019 evaluation – these were endorsed by national competent authorities. In addition, the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted even further the impact that those shortcomings have on blood transfusions and others. The European Commission’s “Inception Impact Assessment” for this file is available here.

Why this webinar

The aim of this webinar is to explain and provide you further information on the ongoing work being carried out by the European Commission evaluating the Blood Directive 2002/98/EC and the Tissues and Cells Directive 2004/23/EC, and to identify issues of importance to patient organisations and potential engagement needs and opportunities for EPF and its Members.

Among the speakers, we will count on the presence of representatives from the European Commission, the European Blood Alliance, and several patient advocates experienced in this file.

Register here to secure your spot to the webinar!Please share it among your members and colleagues!

Contact person

Should you have further questions on the registration process and/or the webinar’s content, please don’t hesitate to reach out to EPF Policy Officer Juan Jose Fernandez Romero at [email protected]