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3rd Health Programme (2014-2020)
Good Practices for demonstrating safety and quality through recipient follow-up [Euro-GTP II]
The main objective of this project is to set up the good practices applied to tissues and cells (T&C) preparation processes and patient follow-up procedures, to ensure their safe and effective impleme...
The main objective of this project is to set up the good practices applied to tissues and cells (T&C) preparation processes and patient follow-up procedures, to ensure their safe and effective implementation.
The outputs of this project will provide tools for assessing and verifying the quality, promote safety and assure efficacy of therapies with human tissues, Hematopoietic Stem Cells (HSC) and Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART), addressing mainly to the implementation of novel T&C preparation processes and clinical indications, but also to the need of retrospective studies where weaknesses or insufficient safety data currently exist.
Recommendations will be forwarded to Tissue Establishments (TE) and Organizations Responsible for Human Application (ORHA), as the main actors in the process of validation and designing T&C preparation processes and patient follow-up according to a clinical indication.
This project aim to define the threshold of novelty, including definition of the factors that should be considered to determine the scope and depth of the clinical follow-up studies needed. The scope and extent of the recommended studies will be determined on the basis of a risk based approach performed taking into account factors such as the novelty of the product/preparation process/clinical indication, and its technical complexity.
A T&C Database of products, preparation procedures, clinical applications and their current status of authorisation and implementation will be established, working as a starting point for determining the ‘novelty’ of processes/therapies by TEs and ORHAs, and allowing the use of established processes/therapies by any centre that strictly follows the same procedure/clinical procedure/indication.
This project also aims to define a “GTP’s management model” that could provide impetus for future standards harmonisation and promotion, and allow the establishment of European accreditation and training programs for TE.
Start date: 01/04/2016 - End date: 31/03/2019

Call: Call for Proposals for Projects 2015
Topic: Quality
3rd Health Programme (2014-2020)
European Cornea and Cell Transplantation Registry [ECCTR]
Disease of the cornea (the transparent layer covering the front of the eye) is the second cause of blindness worldwide. The cornea is the most transplanted tissue with over 100,000 corneas transplan...
Disease of the cornea (the transparent layer covering the front of the eye) is the second cause of blindness worldwide. The cornea is the most transplanted tissue with over 100,000 corneas transplanted annually. In Europe an estimated 30,000 corneal transplants are performed each year.
Currently there is no harmonisation of information across the European Union on the numbers or origins of the scarce corneas tissue available for transplant, the optimum procedure for transplant and the visual outcome and quality of life of corneal transplant patients.
The ESCRS in 2006 with the support of the Executive Agency for Health and Consumers pioneered an online Quality Registry of the outcomes of cataract and refractive surgeries (EUREQUO). ESCRS continues to support this Registry and has currently a database of over 2,000,000 surgeries.
ESCRS proposes to extend this platform to create a registry of corneal transplantation surgeries in Europe. The European Cornea and Cell Transplantation Network (ECCTR) will link three existing registries and recruit additional centres of excellence and eye banks to contribute data on availability of corneal tissue, methods of transplantation, and visual outcomes of surgery.
The focus of our consortium is on bringing added value and making a positive impact on one of the priority actions set out in the annual Work Programme for 2015; contributing to the fourth overall objective:” To build a common assessment methodology to allow academics, health professionals and authorities to assess and verify safety, quality and efficacy of (new) transplantation therapies and/or other types of clinical applications of human tissues and cells (e.g. assisted reproductive technologies).”
After the completion of this action the ECCTR will have all the data necessary to develop European Guidelines for Corneal Transplant Surgery to better utilise scarce cornea tissue ensure European self-sufficiency and reduce patient waiting lists.
Start date: 01/05/2016 - End date: 31/10/2019

Call: Call for Proposals for Projects 2015
Topic: Quality
3rd Health Programme (2014-2020)
High-quality blood stem cells products available for all patients in need, and to protect the rights and welfare of volunteer stem cell donors [SAVDON]
Annually more than 20,000 volunteer unrelated blood stem cell donations are undertaken. Living donors donate their cells for patients in need of a transplant. The EU plays an important role in the pro...
Annually more than 20,000 volunteer unrelated blood stem cell donations are undertaken. Living donors donate their cells for patients in need of a transplant. The EU plays an important role in the provision of these products. In 2016 the EU countries provided 6,817 blood stem donations internationally and 3,194 donations were provided nationally.

WMDA plays a key role in the international exchange of blood stem cell products by providing a search tool for healthcare professionals and by setting standards for international exchange. In order to harmonise international exchange and speed up the logistics of the search process WMDA is applying for a Framework Partnership Agreement with the EU.

Volunteers have the right to receive accurate information about their risks to donate their blood stem cells. Since 2002 donor safety has become a highly visible issue. In that time WMDA has started up a reporting system for adverse events and reactions. It is important to reassure potential donors that there are systems in place to protect them from adverse outcomes and that there is a continuous learning system which is informed by global reporting. The next step is to collaborate with regulatory authorities in order to improve dissemination.
In the area of import from third countries it is important to harmonise and to collaborate between EU Member States. At the moment 14% of the adult volunteer donations and 30% of the cord blood products are imported from third countries. To avoid delay for patients waiting on their transplant information needs to be available that can be shared between Competent Authorities and healthcare professionals facilitating searches.
The current ICT infrastructure to support the search process and request for a donation is delaying adequate treatment for patients. Innovation of the ICT infrastructure will help physicians to find a donor with a few clicks in the database.
This proposal describes how WMDA and EU can collaborate from 2018-2021.
Start date: 11/04/2018 - End date: 10/04/2022

Call: Operating grants 2018-2021
Topic: Quality