March 15, 2023

PLUS holds its Stakeholder Consensus Conference

The Platform of Plasma Users (PLUS) organised its Stakeholder Consensus Conference on January 24-25, 2023, in Estoril (Portugal). The meeting was very well attended by representatives from the following organisations: Alpha-1 Belgium, American Plasma Users Coalition (APLUS), European Blood Alliance (EBA), European Haemophilia Consortium (EHC), European Plasma Alliance, GBS-CIDP Foundation International, International Federation of Blood Donor Organisations, International Plasma and Fractionation Association (IPFA), International Patient Organisation for Primary Immunodeficiencies (IPOPI), Plasma Protein Therapeutics Association (PPTA).

The two-day conference was very productive and resulted in a joint PLUS Stakeholders’ statement on the Commission proposal for a regulation on substances of human origin (SoHO) that gathered the endorsement of all participating organisations. The full statement can be read here.

On top of the revision of the EU legislation on SoHO, the meeting participants also discussed the value and uniqueness of plasma-derived medicinal products, the ICSPP initiative, the EU donor deferral criteria for plasma for fractionation, the requirements for the inspection of plasma centres by US and EU agencies or the changes done in the UK with regards to plasma donation for the fractionation of plasma-derived medicinal products amongst other topics.