Blood Transfusion Supplement 3 - Haemophilia Centre Accreditation Systems and Networks of Centres of Expertise for Rare Diseases in Europe and North America (off subscription) (April)
The methodology for defining the European Standards for the certification of Haemophilia Centres in Europe
Authors:  Fabio Candura, Ivana Menichini, Gabriele Calizzani, Paul Giangrande, Pier Mannuccio Mannucci, Michael Makris
Pages:  s519-s524
To cite this article:  Blood Transfus 2014; 12 Suppl 3: s519-24
Doi:  10.2450/2014.0046-14s
Published online:  06/05/2014

Introduction. Work Package 4 Development of the standardisation criteria of the European Haemophilia Network project has the main objective of implementing a common and shared European strategy for a certification system for two levels of Haemophilia Centres: European Haemophilia Treatment Centres and European Haemophilia Comprehensive Care Centres in the Member States of the European Union.
Materials and methods.
An inclusive and participatory process for developing shared standards and criteria for the management of patients with inherited bleeding disorders has been carried out. The process has been implemented through four different consultation events involving the entire European community of stakeholders that significantly contributed in the drafting of the European Guidelines for the certification of Haemophilia Centres.
Results. The Guidelines set the standards for the designation of centres that provide specialised and multidisciplinary care (Haemophilia Comprehensive Care Centres) as well as local routine care (Haemophilia Treatment Centres). Standards cover several issues such as: general requirements; patient care; advisory services; laboratory; networking of clinical and specialised services.
Conclusions. The drafting of the European Guidelines for the certification of Haemophilia Centres was performed adopting a rigorous methodological approach. In order to build the widest possible consensus to the quality standards, the main institutional and scientific stakeholders have been involved. The resulting document will significantly contribute in promoting standardisation in the quality of diagnosis and treatment in European Haemophilia Centres.
Keywords: standards, criteria, certification system, haemophilia care, EUHANET.
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