• the co-existence of both public and private sectors to increase collection (of both recovered and source plasma) should be recognized and supported, once again to meet patient needs in the region,
• donating plasma on a regular basis is more demanding than donating blood, and as such plasma donors should be recognised and rewarded,
• the need for education: it is essential to make people aware of the critical need in plasma for patients living with rare plasma related disorders such as primary immunodeficiencies among others.
What are the next steps? A draft text of the blood guide should be submitted to public consultation by May/June 2019 – comments will be accepted until August. Then the comments will be classified in 3 groups: A for “integrated”, B for “needs further discussion, not integrated”, and C for “not taken into account”. Feedback will be given in each case. The final document is likely to be issued by end of November 2019 and formally adopted by CD-P-TS (European Committee on Blood Transfusion) by the end of 2019.
IPOPI and PLUS will continue to actively monitor this development and provide further input wherever possible to ensure a patient-centred approach and hopefully patient-centred outcomes.