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European Coding System for Tissues and Cells

posted 15 May 2012, 06:37 by Eoin McGrath   [ updated 9 Jul 2015, 01:18 ]
EUROCET128 - Building Reference Compendia for the Application of a single European Coding System for Tissues and Cells

The primary aim is to support the traceability of human tissues and cells that are applied to patients in the European Union. 
Tissues and cells such as corneas, heart valves, cord blood or bone marrow are used in transplant procedures to repair or replace damaged tissue or cells.   Fertility treatment frequently involves the manipulation and application of gametes, such as sperm or eggs, or embryos. In these fields, it is essential to maintain traceability so that the cells or tissues can always be linked back to the original centre where they were collected and, indeed to their original human origin. 

Traceability of these substances across the EU will be improved by the implementation of a single European Coding System.

The implementation will be supported through the construction of two official public lists. The first, called the Tissue Establishment Compendium, will be a list of authorized centres that receive, test, process, store and distribute tissues or cells (including gametes and embryos) for human application, and the second, called the Product Compendium, will be a list of types of tissues and cells with agreed descriptions.  All authorised EU tissue and cell centres will be allocated agreed EU codes and all tissues and cells will be coded using either an existing coding system, or an EU Generic code.
An electronic code translator will allow those who receive tissues or cells for human use to immediately establish both the origin and the EU description of the material. The completed lists, codes and code translator will be provided to the European Commission for future maintenance.

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