The full name of this association is the European Eye Bank Association, abbreviated as 'The Association' or 'EEBA'.
Founded in 1989, The Association was formally recognised as a non-profit association on the 20th of May 2004 in accordance with Italian law and is governed in respect of and within the limits of state and regional laws and by the general principles of the Italian legal system. The legal seat of EEBA is situated in Italy and its present address is Via Paccagnella n. 11 - Padiglione Rama, 30174 Zelarino - Venice.
The Association is formed for the advancement of eye banking. Its Mission is to help provide tissues and cells of optimum quality and safety for transplantation and the treatment of eye diseases, according to the highest medical and scientific standards, as set out in the Council of Europe’s Guide to the Quality and Safety of Tissues and Cells for Human Application, and making them available to as many patients in need as possible in an ethical and humanitarian way, in accordance with the Council of Europe’s Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Dignity of the Human Being with regard to the Application of Biology and Medicine: Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine (ETS No 164; Oviedo, April 1997), the World Health Organization’s Guiding Principles on Human Cell, Tissue and Organ Transplantation (as endorsed by the 63rd World Health Assembly, May 2010, Resolution WHA63.22) and applicable national and international laws and regulations.
To this end, The Association: