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Board Meeting Frankfurt
6 & 7 October 2016

The 38th EBA Board Meeting will take place in Frankfurt, Germany and will follow the usual schedule, but with one notable change: the CoCo meeting will not take place on Wednesday but on Friday, after the Board Meeting. The full schedule then is: 

Thursday 6 October
09.00-12.30    EBA Exec Meeting    (Executives)
Time TBD      Visit Blood Transfusion Service (optional)  
12.30-13.30    Board Lunch (Board Members)   
13.30-18.00    Board Meeting part I (Board Members)   
19.30-23.00    EBA Board dinner (Board Members/WG chairs)   
Friday 7 October
9.00-13.00    Board Meeting part II    
13.00-14.00    Board Lunch (Board Members/WG chairs)   
14.00-15.00    CoCo – Executive Meeting (Executives/WG chairs)
15.00-16.00    CoCo meeting (WG chairs)

Board Members and WG chairs are invited to fill in the Reservation form up to 15 August 2016.

7 sign-ups now for 'Tubes': still open!

With the tender at the verge of being sent out, the project is still open to new beneficiaries! More information can be obtained through EBA's Collaborative Procurement Manager, Ms. Joëlle Guerra.

Agreement MD and IVD Regulation

The final compromise texts of the Regulations on medical devices (MD) and on in vitro medical devices (IVD) have been approved by the ambassadors in the Council of ministers and ENVI Commission of the European Parliament. The final texts are:
- Medical Devices
- In Vitro Diagnostic MD

Next steps are:
- Translation in all official EU languages (summer 2016)
- Final adoption by the Council and EU Parliament (Autumn 2016)
- Final publication in the Official Journal of the European Union (end 2016 / early 2017).
 
The implementation date of the new Regulations would be in 2019 for medical devices (3 years after publication), and 2021 for in-vitro medical devices (5 years after publication). Also note that this is Regulation and transposed 1-to-1 to all members states.

SHOT Annual Report 2015

SHOT is the United Kingdom’s independent, professionally-led haemovigilance scheme. Last Friday they published the Annual Report with Events reported over the whole UK in 2015.
SHOT Annual Report 2015

Mapping of More Stringent T&C  Donor Testing Requrements

Last week, the EC published the outcomes of a survey into the mapping of more stringent requirements in the field of Tissues and Cells Donor Testing. This exercise provides an overview for the EU-28 countries going beyond the minimal EU-level requirements and can be a valuable tool guiding professionals handling T&C across border in multiple EU countries
Link to Survey outcomes

Meeting Report IPFA-PEI meeting

IPFA published on their site the report of the 23rd IPFA/PEI meeting, held in Lisbon on 25-26 May 2016.
IPFA meeting report

NHSBT's TAS Annual Report '15 - '16

The NHSBT Therapeutic Apheresis Service (TAS) annually reports on the achievements of past year and on the ambitions for the following year. This annual report is sent to external stakeholders and includes on page 7 the Procedure portfolio of the TAS.  
Link to TAS Annual Report

Zika Virus - updates

ECDC mosquito Map: Ae. Albopictus, 01/2016
Both the European Commission and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control published new Zika updates:
ECMeetings with the transport, tourism and health professionals sectors on the Zika virus disease on 20-21 June 2016 (20-21 June 2016),
ECDC: Fact Sheet for health professionals

RAB and RATB available online

The Commission published on May 31st the Summary of 2015 of the Rapid Alert system for Blood and Blood Components (RAB)  activities and the Rapid Alert system for human Tissues and Cells (RATC) Summary of 2015 activities.  
Link to RATC 2015 summary
Link to RAB 2015 summary

DoHeCa Newsletter

The DoHeCa Project group launched Newsletter #5 this June: in the last months, a lot of progress has been made. The educational programme is getting closer to its final shape. Each of the 6 modules is currently being developed and revised in order to start the pilot programme on September 5th, for which 12 students working in blood, cells, tissues or organs are selected.
DoHeCa Newsletter #5

WG Action Plans

The EBA Working Groups are the engine of the EBA work: they provide the EBA members with useful outcomes. To ensure that the groups are setting the tasks in alignment with Board and Executives, Executive Director Kari Aranko is scheduling calls with each WG. At the Board Meeting in Frankfurt, the members will be able to review the plans for 2017 and perhaps suggest some other key outcomes. The EBA Grant for (research) projects was not applied for by the WG, the Executive noted in their last meeting. EBA currently has commitment to the following projects:
- Training in 'Lean' €25.000
- Fainting e-learning €5.000
- eLearning Course Transfusion €5.000
- EU Grant appl. TRANSPOSE €7.500

Calender of Events 

July
13-15 | European Conference Donor Health & Management  | Cambridge, England


August
22 | EBA Executive Teleconference | 10.00 - 11.30
26 | EBA Contingency Planning WG meeting | Amsterdam | 10.00 - 16.00

September
7-10 | 49. Jahrestagung des DGTI | Nuremberg, Germany  |Programme [pdf, 1 MB] | registration

October
6 | EBA Executive meeting | 9.00 - 12.30 | Frankfurt, Germany
6-7 | EBA 38th Board meeting | Frankfurt, Germany
31 | EBA Executive Teleconference | 9.30 - 11.00 

November
7-10 | ABO Face-to-Face meetings | Sydney, Australia
23-25 | 25th Congress of the European Association of Tissue Banks (EATB) | Hannover, Germany | link

December
6 | EBA Executive meeting | Geneva, Switzerland

2017
September
28-29 | 40th EBA Board Meeting | Pistoia, Italy 

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