Focus: Brussels: Blood is a European issueBMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6962.1110a (Published 29 October 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:1110
- R Watson
Debate on the best strategy for achieving the ultimate goal of self sufficiency in blood and plasma within the European Union is beginning to enter a critical phase. For the first time the profit making and non-profit making sections of the industry laid to one side their differences and met recently to consider the sector's future. More importantly, new research shortly to be published is expected to show that the goal of European self sufficiency in blood products is further away than originally thought.
How the European Union handles its blood and plasma needs is not just a medical question. Last year's outcry in Germany when patients were transfused with HIV …