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About EBA

The European Blood Alliance (EBA) an association of not for profit Blood Establishments within the European Union or European Free Trade Association. Its mission is threefold:

  • To contribute to the availability, quality, safety and cost-effectiveness of the blood and tissue supply for the citizens of Europe by developing and maintaining an efficient and strong collaboration amongst European blood, cells and tissue services.
  • To increase public and professional awareness of voluntary and non-remunerated donation of blood and blood components as an indispensable therapeutic means to help patients.
  • To assist European blood establishments to continuously improve their performance, based on scientific and ethical principles for the benefit of patients
  • To facilitate networking among European blood, cells and tissue services.

In 2016, EBA updated its Statutes.

In 2017, EBA formulated its core values: Donor Care, Patient Safety, Excellence through Evidence, Information sharing, Voluntary, Non-Remunerated Blood Donation. These values resonate in all EBA’s actions.


It was created in 1998 with 9 members: Belgium, United Kingdom, Finland, France, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal and Scotland.

Current membership

EBA now has 26 EU members, 3 EFTA members and one dormant member. On the membership page more information can be found on our members. EBA also has two observers: Serbia and America’s Blood Centers.

Executive Board

The EBA Executive Board consists of the following members:

Philippe Vandekerckhove – Red Cross Flanders – President
Pierre Tiberghien – Établissement Français du Sang – Vice-President
Rudolf Schwabe – Swiss Transfusion – Treasurer
Mary Morgan – Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service  – General Secretary
Martti Syrjälä – Finnish Red Cross Blood Service
Polonca Mali – Blood Transfusion Centre of Slovenia 

EBA Staff

Kari Aranko – Executive Director
Willemijn Kramer – Administrations and Communications Officer
Karin Liefting – Management Assistant