ARTHIQS aims to develop guidelines for key aspects of Assisted Reproductive Technologies and Haematopoietic Stem Cells Transplantations regulations by complementing and developing requirements for safety and quality to the benefit of both Donors and Recipients.
Concretely, ARTHIQS objective is to provide Member States with tools to address current growing concerns of both fields and to improve the overall harmonisation of regulations.
Concerning Assisted Reproductive Technologies, ARTHIQS is aiming at strengthening and building-up know-how to set an institutional and organisational framework at the Competent Authority / Ministry of Health / and delegated bodies (Medical Agencies) levels in each of the 28 Member States; hence enhancing gamete donors and Assisted Reproductive Technologies beneficiaries’ safety throughout the EU.
Regarding Haematopoietic Stem Cells Transplantations, ARTHIQS focuses on increasing donors and recipients’ safety by enhancing standards of Haematopoietic Stem Cells donation, notably through donors’ follow-up registry. As a complement , since this part of the work also includes the drafting of a Guideline for Cord Blood Banking that entails the minimum quality and safety requirements for authorising/re-authorising Cord Blood Banks, along with guidelines (Vade ̶ Mecum and a Curriculum) for Cord Blood Banks inspectors.
Professionals of both fields are also clearly targeted by ARTHIQS since Tissue Establishments i.e. Assisted Reproductive Technologies centres and Cord Blood Banks that are expected to comply with guidelines and also professionals providing medical care to the Haematopoietic Stem Cells donors will have to be involved as well in the setting-up of Haematopoietic Stem Cells donors' follow-up registry.
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