ESTABLISMENT OF COLLABORATING CENTERS

During the 3rd Annual Meeting of the International Consortium for Blood Safety held in Sports Hotel Rust, Austria, July 5th-7th, 2000, it was suggested that ICBS establish co-operative arrangements with key institutions in Europe, Asia, africa and elsewhere to support ICBS activities and to provide a roster of technical experts and laboratories to assist ICBS in meeting its goals. Dr. El-Nageh was asked to develop a definition of such centers and identify possible organizations.



DEFINITION

An ICBS Collaborating Center is an institution, a part of an institution, or a facility willing to extend technical cooperation to ICBS and capable of contributing to the activities of ICBS, whose goal is to prevent infections caused by transfusion-transmitted pathogens.

An ICBS Collaborating Center should believe in ICBS' goals and in working together with ICBS towards the achievement of universal blood safety. Without ignoring the importance of a community-based blood-donor system on a purely voluntary, non-remunerated and regular basis, the ICBS Collaborating Center shall assist ICBS in achieving the elimination of the disparity between the industrialized and developing countries with regard to sustainable availability of affordable quality assured screening reagents.

CRITERIA FOR ICBS COLLABORATING CENTERS

  • The Center should have an excellent scientific and technical record and a sufficient number of highly qualified staff for purposes of consultation, training and motivation.

  • The readiness of the Center to provide services over a reasonable period of time.

  • Highly motivated leadership.

  • Adequate premises, facilities, equipment, and resources.

  • If the ICBS Collaborating Center is a blood transfusion center, the institution should have a critical mass in terms of qualified personnel, collection, processing, Quality Assurance and clinical interface.

  • A well developed Quality System and Quality Management should be in place.


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Address: Executive Director, ICBS:
Mohamed El-Nageh, MD, Ph.D.,
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At: The New York Blood CENTER 310 East 67th St, New York, NY 10021 U.S.A.
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