The Technical Assistance and Information Exchange (TAIEX), which is a special sector of the European Commission Directorate-General for Enlargement, in co-operation with Ministry of Health, Republic of Serbia on behalf of the South-Eastern Europe Health Network Regional Health Development Center on Accreditation and Continuous Quality Improvement and Regional Health Development Center on Blood Products and Safety, Oradea, Romania, organized the 3-day multi-country Workshop on Increasing Blood Availability and Providing the Highest Donor and Patient Safety in Transfusion Therapy in Emergency Special Circumstances in Bucharest, Romania on July 07 – 09, 2014.
The main aim of the workshop was:
- To review the application of the EC Directive 2002/98/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 January 2003 setting standards of quality and safety for the collection, testing, processing, storage and distribution of human blood and blood components and amending Directive: current status, progress in implementing, achievements and challenges of the SEE countries members of the SEE Health Network; cross learning from the experience of the EU Member States, the counties of the SEEHN itself and other neighboring countries;
- To increase awareness and political/institutional capacities, among SEEHN member states, about the harmonized ways for getting the Highest Patient Safety in Transfusion Therapy in Emergency Special Circumstances (natural disasters as floods, earthquakes, massive traffic accidences) at both levels:
- pre-hospital (blood centers specialists) and
- hospital (clinicians), based on Bioethical principles;
- To apply in a complementary and logical manner the EU directives 2002/98/EC, and Council recommendation 2009 on Patient Safety.
At the workshop the following key experts in the field of transfusion and blood safety presented their work: Rossen Georgiev, Bulgaria; Imad Sandid, France; Ludo Meyers, Belgium; Polonca Mali, Slovenia and Corina Posea, Romania. Special attention was given to providing the highest donor and patient safety in transfusion therapy in emergency circumstances. Web-based Rapid Alert system for Blood and Blood Components (RAB) that allows EU countries to exchange information so that cross-border incidents are prevented or contained and immediate measures can be taken to ensure the safety of patients, was also presented.
Besides the above mentioned experts, the workshop was attended by representatives of Albania, both Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Republic of Srpska, Croatia, Israel, Moldova, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Romania, Kosovo and Turkey; and who represented their experiences in the field of blood safety and transfusion therapy, legislation and developments in this area. Republic of Srpska was represented by Andreja Subotic-Popovic, MD, RS Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and Vesna Vujic-Aleksic, MD, RS Agency for Certification, Accreditation and Health Care Quality Improvement.
Participation in this event and sharing of experiences and ideas with participants from other countries for our colleagues carries a great value, especially for the activities undertaken by the Agency to further improve our health care system.