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About EBA

The European Blood Alliance (EBA) an association of not for profit Blood Establishments within the European Union or European Free Trade Association. Its mission is threefold:

  • To contribute to the availability, quality, safety and cost-effectiveness of the blood and tissue supply for the citizens of Europe by developing and maintaining an efficient and strong collaboration amongst European blood, cells and tissue services.
  • To increase public and professional awareness of voluntary and non-remunerated donation of blood and blood components as an indispensable therapeutic means to help patients.
  • To assist European blood establishments to continuously improve their performance, based on scientific and ethical principles for the benefit of patients
  • To facilitate networking among European blood, cells and tissue services.

In 2016, EBA updated its Statutes.

In 2017, EBA formulated its core values: Donor Care, Patient Safety, Excellence through Evidence, Information sharing, Voluntary, Non-Remunerated Blood Donation. These values resonate in all EBA’s actions.

Creation

It was created in 1998 with 9 members: Belgium, United Kingdom, Finland, France, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal and Scotland.

Current membership

EBA now has 26 EU members and two observers: Serbia and America’s Blood Centers.

Executive Board

The EBA Executive Board consists of the following members:

  • Philippe Vandekerckhove – Red Cross Flanders (Belgium)- President
  • Pierre Tiberghien – Établissement Français du Sang (France) – Vice-President
  • Rudolf Schwabe – Swiss Transfusion – Treasurer
  • Martti Syrjälä – Finnish Red Cross Blood Service
  • Polonca Mali – Blood Transfusion Centre of Slovenia
  • Daphne Thijssen – Sanquin Blood Supply (the Netherlands)

EBA Staff

  • Catherine Hartmann – Executive Director
  • Peter van den Burg – Medical Director
  • Rodica Popa – Administration and Projects Officer
  • 17 million donations
  • 470 million population
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