October 29, 2019

IPFA | EBA Workshop on Plasma Collection


IPFA | EBA Workshop on Plasma Collection


The European Blood Alliance and the International Plasma and Fractionation Association (IPFA), are pleased to announce the IPFA/EBA Workshop on Plasma Collection. The workshop will be held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands on 14-15 January 2020 at Corendon Village Hotel.

The IPFA/EBA Workshop on Plasma Collection will focus on key considerations and strategies for increasing the supply of voluntary non-remunerated donation plasma for fractionation from blood establishments in Europe and other regions of the world and working towards the goal of strategic independence for the supply of Plasma Derived Medicinal Products (PDMPs).



The PDF programme with brief session descriptions is here

Programme outline (updated on 3rd of December):

Day I: Tuesday 14 January 2020


9:00 – 10:15 Welcome and introductions.      Why is a European plasma strategic independence important?

  •   IPFA – Dr. Paul Strengers, the Netherlands
  •  EBA – Dr. Pierre Tiberghien, France

2.      European Commission views

Stefaan van der Spiegel, European Commission, DG Santé, Unit for Substances of Human Origin

3.      Recommendations and actions concluding the EDQM Plasma collections meeting in January 2019

Guy Rautmann, EDQM, France

4.      Plasma Derived Medicinal Products (PDMP) and plasma supply into the future

Patrick Robert, The Marketing Research Bureau, USA


10.15 – 10.45 Coffee break
10:45 – 12:00 S2: Responding to increased demand for PDMPs: examples

1.      The Belgian experience

Philippe Vandekerckhove, the Red Cross Flanders, Belgium

2.      The Australian experience

Stuart Chesneau, the Australian Red Cross Blood Service

3.      The Canadian experience

Graham Sher, Canadian Blood Services

Panel discussion


12.00 – 13.30 Networking lunch
13:30 – 15:30 S3: Donor recruitment

1.      Different recruitment strategies and forms of incentives for blood and plasma donors
Barbara Masser, University of Queensland, Australia

2.      Ethics and safety in donor selection

Koen Kramer, the Netherlands

3.      Motivators and barriers

Eva-Maria Merz, Sanquin, the Netherlands

4.      Plasma donor recruitment and retention / donor health: role of donor associations

Alice Simonetti, International Federation of Blood Donor Organizations (FIODS)

Panel discussion


15.30 – 16.00 Coffee break
16:00 – 17:45 S4: the donation process

1.      Management of blood and plasma collection

Frédéric Bigey, Etablissement Français du Sang (EFS), France

2.      Improving apheresis

Hans Vrielink, Sanquin, the Netherlands

3.      Efficiency of collection practices – Case studies

Scinomed Deutschland GmbH, Germany

4.      Personnel requirements in European plasma centers – revisited

Matthias Gessner, Takeda, Austria

Panel discussion


Day II: Wednesday 15 January 2020


08.00 S5: Manufacturers session

  • Scinomed

Maximum of 5, 20 min presentations

10.00 – 10.30 Coffee break
10.00 – 12.00 S6: Donor health

1.      Impact on short term donor health

Dr. Johanna Castren, Finnish Red Cross

2.      Impact on long term donor health

Jingcheng Zhao, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden

3.      A plea for European donor vigilance

Christian Erikstrup, Aarhus University Hospital, Denmark

Panel discussion


12.00 – 13.30 Networking lunch
13.30 – 15:00 S7: Quality considerations for plasma for fractionation

1.      GMP/GP specific requirements for plasma for manufacturing

Sebastian Mérrien, Laboratoire Français du Fractionnement et des Biotechnologies (LFB), France

2.      Benefits of plasma quality programmes in blood establishments

Françoise Rossi, IPFA, the Netherlands

3.      Regulatory considerations for plasma for fractionation

Jens Reinhardt, Paul-Ehrlich-Institut, Germany

Panel discussion


15:00 – 16:30 S8: Facilities and logistics – international experiences

1.      Italy – Dr. Giancarlo Liumbruno, Italian National Blood Center

2.      Germany – Dr. Franz Weinauer, Blood Transfusion Service BSD/BRK

3.      Australia – Sue Wilkes, Australian Red Cross Lifeblood

4.      Canada – Marc German, Hema Quebec

Panel discussion


16:30 – 17.00 Concluding remarks

A roadmap / framework to increase plasma collection by blood establishments

General summary

17.00 Farewell coffee

Programme committee

The following experts developed the workshop programme:

  • Pierre Tiberghien, Etablissement Français du Sang (EFS), EBA
  • Peter van den Burgh, EBA
  • Eva-Maria Merz, Sanquin, EBA
  • Christian Erikstrup, Denmark, EBA
  • Frédéric Bigey, EFS, EBA
  • Edita Vilutytè, Estonia, EBA
  • Anne-Marie Van Walraven, Sanquin, EBA, Plasma Working Group
  • Paul Strengers, IPFA
  • Bob Perry, IPFA
  • Françoise Rossi, LFB, IPFA
  • Jean-Paul Bedard, Canadian Blood Services

With the support of Catherine Hartmann, EBA Executive Director and Mariska Mooijeking IPFA


Who should attend

The purpose of this initial workshop is to bring together all stakeholders involved and interested in the increased collection of plasma for fractionation from donors in their communities for treatment of patients in their communities. The workshop will address the key considerations, strategies and actions necessary to increase the contribution to the global supply of plasma and PDMPs from Not for Profit organisations.

  • International scientific community
  • Blood transfusion services
  • Regulatory agencies
  • Plasma fractionators
  • Manufacturers and distributors of
    plasma collection related devices


Please use this link for on-line registration or provide IPFA with the completed registration form by email info@ipfa.nl



  • Regular EURO 595
  • IPFA and EBA Members EURO 495
  • Regulators EURO 495
  • Lower-middle-income Economies EURO 195
  • Patient Organisations EURO 95


The registration fee includes full attendance of the Workshop, lunch on both days, a social dinner and access to the on-line proceedings after the event.




Corendon Village Hotel, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

  • Single occupancy EURO 84 incl. VAT
  • Double occupancy EURO 99 incl. VAT

The room rate includes breakfast and internet in the room. The rate is excluding 7% city tax per room per night.


Accommodation reservation


Password accommodation reservation link: IPFA2020


Cut-off date

The cut-off date for making a reservation at the reduced rate at the meeting venue is Thursday 12 December 2019.


Event details | Sponsorship

For more event details and sponsorship opportunities please visit IPFA event page. You may also contact the IPFA Secretariat for further information: info@ipfa.nl · T: +31 20 512 35 61

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