Making Europe's blood safter

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 21 January 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:147

The European Commission has produced a six point strategy to ensure the safety of blood and self sufficiency in the European Union. The plan is a response to health ministers' request a year ago for an investigation into the legal provisions and current practices with regard to blood and blood products. The aim is to agree common safety criteria.

The report acknowledges the increased demand for stricter regulations and recognises the need to re-establish people's confidence. It suggests targeted information and education campaigns. To increase the number of donors the …

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