President's Welcome

 

Dear colleagues,

Firstly, I would like to congratulate the new members of the board and also I would like to thanks all previous members of the board, specially our current past president, Simone, who have dedicated time, effort and resources to our Association.

When I became an EATB member more than 20 years ago, the landscape of tissue and cell donation was very different: there were no European Directives, ATMPs were theoretical experimental treatments  and EATB meetings were the places where people mainly discussed technical issues.

Nowadays the scenario has changed. There is a legal framework (European Directives since 2006), ATMPs are routine treatments, and many new products and new processing method are being implemented. The challenge for us is to adapt our Tissue Establishments to the current situation and, more importantly, in my opinion,  to demonstrate that we are able to achieve the highest possible quality standard in our facilities.

There are no doubts about the benefits of tissues and cells to society. In 2015 the European Commission calculated that around 2.1 million of grafts were distributed, and it os our responsibility to ensure we do this with the minimum possible risk.

The association has about 230 members from 30 countries worldwide and holds yearly congresses all around Europe.

As you already have been informed, our new name, to reflect the activities of the Association, has been  approved by the Courts and we are now formally the  EATCB (European Association of Tissue and Cell Banks)

Last year the 27th Annual Congress of the European Association of Tissue and Cell Banks took place in Lille (France) from October 17-19, 2018 and was organized by Isabelle Martinache. We had around 300 participants, delegates and exhibitors from 23 countries worldwide.

AWARDS

The “EATB2018-Best poster presentation” was awarded to Tino SCHULZ, La Charité Berlin – Germany for his presentation “ Acceptability of postmortal blood samples for antibody/ NAT testing – can quality be quantified ?”

The “EATB2018-Best oral presentation” was awarded to Adeline DESANLIS, CHU Lyon, France for her presentation “Feasibility of 3D bio-printing for the recovery of severe burn victims”

MEMBERS AREA

The members only area of the our website, EATB is being developed to  offer online facilities and additional benefits for members, including the option for online membership application, membership fee payment, access to congress abstracts and photo galleries of past EATB congresses, access to “Cell and Tissue Banking”Journal and a search tool for EATB members to find other members with specific experiences and interests to facilitate networking.

EATB CONGRESS 2019

Currently, preparations are proceeding at full-speed for the 28th Annual Congress of the European Association of Tissue and Cell Banks, that will take place in Leiden (Netherlands) from October 16-18, 2019. Further information can be found on the congress website www.eatcb2019.org.

In the meanwhile, I would like to encourage you to contribute actively to our Association with your comments, suggestions and support in order that we together may develop and improve our Association and its activities in future.

See you at the EATB2019 in Leiden,

Jacinto Sanchez-Ibanez