Key Documents

Directive 2004/23/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 31 March 2004 on setting standards of quality and safety for the donation, procurement, testing, processing, preservation, storage and distribution of human tissues and cells

Directive 2004/23/EC

Commission Directive 2006/17/CE - Publication of the technical requirements for the donation, procurement and testing of human tissues and cells

Commission Directive 2006/17/EC

Commission Directive 2006/86/EC - Publication of the requirements for traceability, notification of serious adverse reactions and events and certain technical requirements for the coding, processing, preservation, storage and distribution of human tissues and cells

Commission Directive 2006/86/EC

Commission Directive 2012/39/EU of 26 November 2012 amending Directive 2006/17/EC as regards certain technical requirements for the testing of human tissues and cells

Commission Directive 2012/39/EU amending Directive 2006/17/EC

Commission Directive (EU) 2015/566 implementing Directive 2004/23/EC as regards the procedures for verifying the equivalent standards of quality and safety of imported tissues and cells

Commission Directive (EU) 2015/566

Commission Directive (EU) 2015/565 amending Directive 2006/86/EC as regards certain technical requirements for the coding of human tissues and cells

Commission Directive (EU) 2015/565

Council of Europe - Guide to the quality and safety of tissues and cells for human application

4rd Edition


News on website of the European Commission's Directorate General for Health & Consumers

Ensuring health security - Blood, tissues and organs

Single European Code for Tissues and Cells


European Projects with EEBA involvement

ECCTR (European Cornea and Cell Transplantation Registry)

EuroGTP II (Good Practices for demonstrating safety and quality through recipient follow-up)


EEBA Statements/EEBA Endorsed Statements

EEBA Statement of Solidarity with Ukraine

EEBA Statement on Stem Cell Applications in the Treatment of Ocular Disorders

EEBA Statement on the alternative (non-surgical) use of tissues that are not suitable for transplantation for research and educational or training purposes

EEBA Statement on European Good Practice Guidelines for Corneal Donation

EEBA Statement on Pre-Processing Microbiology Testing in Eye Banks

EEBA Statement on Processing of Tissues and Cells

EATB / EEBA Statement on Media Stories Published During July 17th to 24th (Ukraine)

ISBT 128 and the Single European Code

Global Eye Bank Response to Ebola (EVD)

Global Alliance of Eyebank Associations - The Barcelona Principles: An agreement on the use of human donated tissue for ocular transplantation, research and future technologies


International Eye and Tissue Banking Associations

American Association of Tissue Banks

European Association of Tissue Banks

Eye Bank Association of America

Eye Bank Association of Australia & New Zealand

Eye Bank Association of India

Pan American Association of Eye Banks

The Global Alliance of Eye Bank Associations


Specialist training courses/qualifications for eye bankers

University of Melbourne - Graduate Certificate in Eye Banking

University of Melbourne- Specialist Certificate in the Fundamentals of Eye Banking

Donation & Transplantation Institute - Tissue Banking & Advanced Therapies Training Program

Donation & Transplantation Institute - International Master in Donation and Transplantation of Organs, Tissues and Cells


Ophthalmology Associations and Health Organisations

AAO American Association of Ophthalmology

ARVO The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology

Austrian Ophthalmological Society

Belgisch Oftalmologisch Gezelschap - Societe Belge d'Ophtalmologie

DOG Deutsche Ophthalmologische Gesellschaft

DOG Sektion Gewebetransplantation & Biotechnologie

EU-EYE European Alliance for Vision Research and Ophthalmology

EVER European Association for Vision and Eye Research

European Paediatric Ophthalmological Society

Finnish Ophthalmological Society  

International Council of Ophthalmology

International Society for Eye Research

Netherlands Ophthalmic Society NOG

Notify Library

Royal College of Ophthalmologists

Sociedad Espanola De Oftalmologi

Sociedade Portuguesa de Oftalmologia

Societa Oftalmologica Italiana

Societe Francaise d'Ophtalmologie

Swedish Ophthalmological Society

World Health Organisation (WHO)
- WHO: Transplantation
- WHO: Regional Office for Europe

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