Project co-funded by the European Commission in the framework of the 2nd Health Programme
Program for European Good Tissue Practices
General Objectives
  • To develop detailed European Good Tissue Practices for the activities carried out in tissue establishments (TE), contributing to the harmonization of these activities among European TEs in order to ensure a high level of quality and safety of tissue grafts for transplant.
  • To develop a training model for TE personnel based on the GTPs.
Partners
  • CBC ▪ Hornhautbank Berlin Charite Universitatsmedizin | Germany
    Jan Schoeter
    The Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin is a large public institution based upon the Berlin university medical law (Universitätsmedizingesetz). The Charité is one of the oldest hospitals in Germany and among the largest of university clinics in Europe today. With a history spanning almost three centuries, the Charité has produced eight Nobel Prize winners and has a worldwide reputation for excellence in medicine and research. Currently, with a staff of 10.400 employees, the hospital handles 130,200 inpatient and 497,000 outpatient cases a year under the motto: "Research, Teaching, Healing, Helping". Research at the Charité is characterized by joint-projects and interdisciplinary cooperation and it has focused on the following research areas: neurosciences, oncology, cardiovascular and muscular-skeletal research, molecular medicine and transplantation.http://www.charite.de/
  • BIS Foundation ▪ | Netherlands
    Arlinke Bokhorst, Audrey Laven
    Bio Implant Services (BIS) is a foundation that has been operating since 1989 as an intermediary in the donation and allocation of human corneas, heart valves and bone tissue for transplantation purposes and the donation of skin. Quality, safety and customer-friendly are our keywords.www.bisfoundation.org
  • ISS-CNT ▪ Istituto Superiore di Sanita Centro Nazionale Trapianti | Italy
    Deirdre Fehily
    The Centro Nationale Trapianti promotes and co-ordinates organ donation and allocation in Italy and is the Competent authority for the regulation of the procurement, processing, storage and distribution of tissues and cells for transplantation. CNT coordinates or participate as a partner in several EU funded European projects such as Eustite, Eurocet, European Transplant Network (ETN), Alliance-O, Eurodonor, Cocoon, EQSTB and Dopki.http://www.trapianti.ministerosalute.it/
  • BUTB-UCL ▪ Banque Universitaire de Tissus | Belgium
    Wivine André, Shalaw Fawzi
    The Brussels Skin Bank (operational since 1985) and the Brussels Keratinocyte Bank (operational since 1986) are both part of the Laboratory of Molecular and Cellular Technology (LabMCT). LabMCT itself is part of the Burn Wound Centre of the Queen Astrid Military Hospital(1981 / Brussels / Belgium). Both cell- and tissue banks are non-profit structures, inspected and accredited by the Belgian Health Authorities. Both banks are ISO 9001 certified. The first goal of the cell- and tissue banks is to provide human cultured keratinocyte sheets and human allogeneic donor skin to the patients of the own Burn Wound Centre. About 2% of the released donor skin is delivered to other hospitals and about 20% of the cultured keratinocyte sheets are used in other hospitals for burn wound management or for chronic skin wound treatment. Next to the operational part of cell- and tissue banking, a lot of energy is invested in related scientific research. Focusing on the microbiological and biotechnological aspects of cell- and tissue banking and on burn wound treatment in general. In 2008, 19 abstracts were accepted for (international) presentation on 12 different international congresses. LabMCT interacts on a scientific basis with 12 national and 9 international institutions. Members of the team are affiliated with 4 national and 15 international relevant organizations. Three team-members are active as experts in the Working Party "Human Cells and Tissues" of the Belgian Superior Health Council. Two of the team-members are committed to the EURPGTPs working party and are also appointed as Expert Scientific Advisers on Risk Assessment to DG Sanco.http://www.hopitalmilitaire.be/fr/localization.php?lang=fr&tpl=s01&type=other
  • HBM ▪ Hornhautbank München Gemeinnutzige | Germany
    Andrea Gareiss-Lok
    The Hornhautbank Munich was established in November 1991 as the first and till today only independent eye bank in Germany which is not linked to any Hospital. The first aim was and is to provide corneal tissues for the patients of our Medical Director Prof. Thomas Neuhann. Today the Hornhautbank Munich is providing also other surgeons and surgery centers: ca. 70% of all stored corneal tissues are provided to surgeons and surgery centers within Germany and Europe. From the very first beginning the Hornhautbank Munich worked together with other eye banks within Germany, Europe and USA and established a very good cooperating and effective functioning network with common standards and quality criteria (ISO certification since 2006), which helps to fulfill nearly 95% of regular requests from the surgeons side. Beside the main goal of reducing the still long waiting lists for corneal transplants, the Hornhautbank Munich is very much engaged in educational work to raise the sensitivity for organ donation within the population and to enlarge the network with other eye and tissue banks to work hard on the reduction of the waiting lists within whole Europe and all over the World. Therefore the Hornhautbank Munich is also engaged in global projects such as member of EEBA Board Committee and member of the EUROGTPs.www.Hornhautbank-Muenchen.de
  • KCBTiK ▪ Krajowe Centrum Bankowania Tkanek | Poland
    Izabella Urhynowska-Tyszkiewicz
    In accordance with the new Polish Transplantation Act of July 1st 2005 the National centre of Tissue and Cell Banking is assigned to 1) organization of a co-operation between tissue and cell banks, 2) performance of reference and consultative functions, 3) supervision and inspection of tissue and cell banks in respect of the merits, 4) keeping a register of tissues and cell banks. At the same time, the minister competent to do with health matters shall conduct inspections in tissue and cell banks to determine compliance with the requirements of permission obtainment and/or the requirements provided by the Act. The above mentioned minister may assign these inspections to the KCBTiK. The organization has participated in different European projects such as Eustite and EQSTBhttp://www.kcbtik.pl/
  • QAMH ▪ Queen Astrid Military Hospital | Belgium
    Jean Paul Pirnay, Gilbert Verbeken
    The Brussels Skin Bank (operational since 1985) and the Brussels Keratinocyte Bank (operational since 1986) are both part of the Laboratory of Molecular and Cellular Technology (LabMCT). LabMCT itself is part of the Burn Wound Centre of the Queen Astrid Military Hospital(1981 / Brussels / Belgium). Both cell- and tissue banks are non-profit structures, inspected and accredited by the Belgian Health Authorities. Both banks are ISO 9001 certified. The first goal of the cell- and tissue banks is to provide human cultured keratinocyte sheets and human allogeneic donor skin to the patients of the own Burn Wound Centre. About 2% of the released donor skin is delivered to other hospitals and about 20% of the cultured keratinocyte sheets are used in other hospitals for burn wound management or for chronic skin wound treatment. Next to the operational part of cell- and tissue banking, a lot of energy is invested in related scientific research. Focusing on the microbiological and biotechnological aspects of cell- and tissue banking and on burn wound treatment in general. In 2008, 19 abstracts were accepted for (international) presentation on 12 different international congresses. LabMCT interacts on a scientific basis with 12 national and 9 international institutions. Members of the team are affiliated with 4 national and 15 international relevant organizations. Three team-members are active as experts in the Working Party "Human Cells and Tissues" of the Belgian Superior Health Council. Two of the team-members are committed to the EURPGTPs working party and are also appointed as Expert Scientific Advisers on Risk Assessment to DG Sanco.http://www.hopitalmilitaire.be/fr/localization.php?lang=fr&tpl=s01&type=other
  • REGEA ▪ Tampere Yliopisto. University of Tampere | Finland
    Sari Sarkaniemi, Hanna Kankkonen
    Regea Tissue Bank is a non-profit organization operating under the University of Tampere, Finland. Regea Tissue Bank was established in 2004 to fulfill the requirements of the new EU Tissues and Cells Directives. Regea Tissue Bank procures, processes, stores and distributes corneal grafts, amniotic membrane grafts, and bone and tendon allograft for clinical use in Finland and in Europe. Moreover, Regea Tissue Bank provides education for tissue bank personnel and local hospital clinics, as well as quality systems for hospital clinics in Finland. Regea Tissue Bank aims to increase accessibility of high-quality tissues for hospital clinics in Finland, enhance tissue safety within the Finnish tissue banking system, provide a state-of-the-art core facility for tissue banking, enhance the public awareness of organ and tissue donation and develop the field of tissue banking in Finland and at European level.http://www.regea.fi/index.php?l=en
  • BTV ▪ Banca Tessuti della Regione Veneto | Italy
    Daniela Vici
    The Veneto Region Tissue Bank is a public health facility which collects, processes, stores and distributes homologous tissues for clinical use. Its activity began in 1992 with the collection, storage and utilization of cardiac and cardiovascular tissues to meet the internal demands of the Treviso hospital Cardiosurgery Division. In the following years the distribution began to spread out to other North Eastern hospitals that needed cardiac tissues, and the collection, processing and distribution of other types of tissues (amniotic membrane, bone and vascular tissues from living donor) was progressively activated. The Bank is at present active in the retrieval of tissues from living donor and cadaveric donor in the North-East of Italy, and distribution of tissues nationwide.http://www.bancatessuti-treviso.org
  • EHB ▪ European Homograft Bank | Belgium
    Ramadan Jashari
    European Homograft Bank (EHB) was established in 1988 in the Military Hospital in Brussels as an independent non-profit International Association. This Association was created to respond to the demands of the cardiac surgeons through the European cardiac surgery centers for the quality controlled cryopreserved heart valve and the arterial allograft. Since January 1989 this institution has been installed in the Military Hospital Queen Astrid in Brussels. The EHB has performed different studies on the tissue preparation and follow up of the allograft. Also, some multicenter studies together with implantation centers have been published in the past (with KUL- Leuven, UCL St. Luc- Brussels, UZ Gent etc.). The EHB has been collaborating with different cardiac surgery associations for a long time, such as the BEACT and EACTS. Also it has been a very active member of the EATB for a long time. Also the EHB participates actively in different scientific research projects, such as the decellularisation projects going on at the LCSA (Laboratory for Cardiac Surgery and Anesthesia) in Leuven, projects on tissue viability together with the LMCT (Laboratory for Molecular and Cell Technology) http://www.ehb.org/
  • ESB ▪ Euro Skin Bank | Netherlands
    Nelleke Richters
    Euro Skin Bank (ESB) is a division of Euro Tissue Bank; the other division is the Cornea Bank Amsterdam. Euro Skin Bank is a non-profit foundation established in 1976 by the Dutch Burns Foundation, maintaining an allograft skin bank and supporting research in burn treatment. In 1984, donor skin preserved in 85% glycerol was introduced. As results of the good clinical experiences and the low costs of processing and ease of handling of this glycerol preserved allogeneic skin grafts (GPA), the production of cryo-preserved allogeneic was discontinued in 1985. The demand for GPA has increased during the last decades; nowadays the ESB processes and delivers more then 2.000.000 cm2 donor skin per year to countries in Europe and elsewherehttp://www.euroskinbank.nl
  • TSF ▪ Transplant Services Foundation | Spain
    Blanca Miranda, Esteve Trias, María Zardoya, Jeff Young
    Transplant Services Foundation (TSF) is a non profit organization located in Barcelona, founded on 1st February 1994 by the Hospital Clínic i Provincial de Barcelona with the purpose of promoting transplantation. The organization is dedicated to obtain, preserve and distribute organs and tissues to legally recognized health institutions (Hospitals, Clinics, Tissue Banks, Health Organizations,...) that need its services to offer transplantation to all possible recipients in need. It aims to maintain the national and international leadership as a pioneering center in organ and tissue donation, procurement and distribution for transplantation and research and also as new project developer.http://www.tsf.cat