For many years, the Council of Europe has been supporting World Blood Donor Day (WBDD), which is a worldwide event organised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to honour and give thanks to those people who give the gift of life through blood donation. In 2013 the Council of Europe is joining the founding international organisations to call for a mobilisation to donate blood and to say thanks to the millions of donors.
The Council of Europe promotes 3 major principles in the area of blood transfusion: the achievement of self-sufficiency, the protection of the health of blood donors and recipients and the non-commercialisation of substances of human origin by voluntary and non-remunerated donation.
The European Committee on Blood Transfusion (CD-P-TS) is in charge of this work. It has representatives from 35 European countries and 9 observer states, as well as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the European Commission. The European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines & HealthCare (EDQM, Council of Europe) co-ordinates the activities of the CD-P-TS.
It produces consensus reports aimed at improving practices, international surveys and recommendations to member states to make improvements to national legislation.
It also publishes the "Guide to the preparation, use and quality assurance of blood components" for professionals which is internationally recognised as a cornerstone in standard setting. The annual survey on the collection, testing and use of blood and blood components in Europe and the central database on stocks of frozen blood of rare blood groups are other examples of work given a high priority.