Brussels, 11 June
World Blood Donor Day: more Europeans are donating their blood, according to Eurobarometer
A poll published three days ahead of the 2010 World Blood Donor Day shows that 37% of Europeans have given blood. The Eurobarometer survey indicates a 6% increase since the last survey was conducted in 2002 in EU-15. The countries revealed to have the highest levels of blood donation are Austria (66%), France (52%), Greece (51%) and the Republic of Cyprus (51%). Over half of Europeans are willing to donate organs according to a Eurobarometer survey on organ donation also published today.
Established in 2005, World Blood Donor Day is celebrated on 14th June to raise global awareness about the need for safe blood and regular voluntary blood donation. It is jointly coordinated by the World Health Organisation (WHO), the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the International Society of Blood Transfusion (ISBT) and the International Federation of Blood Donor Organisations (IFODS).
Some other key findings from the surveys:
Blood donation and transfusion: behaviour and attitudes
Human blood for transfusion: EU standards on quality and safety
In 2002, the Directive 2002/98/EC on standards of quality and safety for blood and blood components was adopted to ensure preventing the transmission of diseases via donated blood, and ensuring access to safe and high quality blood components in all Member States. Measures introduced by the Directive include:
Organ donation and transplantation: behaviour and attitudes
Organs: EU Quality and safety standards for donation and transplantation
The adoption process of the Directive on standards of quality and safety of human organs intended for transplantation will be completed later this month (see IP/10/588 and MEMO/10/203). Member States will then have 24 months to transpose it into national law.
Measures introduced by the Directive include establishing of:
These measures will ensure that the same basic standards of quality and safety for human organs intended for transplantation are put in place across the European Union.
The Directive is accompanied by an Action Plan on organ donation and transplantation. The Action Plan, which runs for the period 2009 to 2015, sets out 10 priority actions which aim at increasing organ availability, making transplantation systems more efficient and accessible, and strengthening quality and safety.
The surveys on public attitudes and behaviours in relation to blood donation and transfusion and organ donation and transplantation were conducted during October 2009 in the 27 Member States of the European Union and the three candidate countries (the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Croatia and Turkey) and the Turkish Cypriot Community.
The Eurobarometer reports can be found at:
More information on the European Commission's work on blood, tissues and organs: http://ec.europa.eu/health/blood_tissues_organs/policy/index_en.htm
More information on World Blood Donation Day: http://www.wbdd.org/