Hosted by ICCBBA, an NGO in official relations with the World Health Organization


Sept 18-20, 2019
Lisbon, Portugal

Welcome Statement

Message from ICCBBA Organizing Chair
Dr. Ineke Slaper-Cortenbach, PhD

This year the Board of Directors of ICCBBA is organizing an invitation only international forum on Medical Products of Human Origin (MPHO) and celebrating its 25th Anniversary.


Forum 25 will be held at the SANA Lisboa Hotel in Lisbon, Portugal and bring together representatives of health organizations, regulators, and professional societies that span the entire range of MPHO to discuss common themes related to traceability, regulatory boundaries, ethics, biovigilance and healthcare technologies. The outcome of the Forum will be a report that identifies practical steps that can be taken towards harmonization and forwarding the guiding principles identified by the WHO.


We are pleased to announce Forum 25 and welcome speakers, chairs and invited delegates from more than 30 organizations and societies active in the field of MPHO to discuss these important issues on the challenges that lie ahead.


The Forum begins on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 with a welcome reception and an important key note lecture by Luc Noel. In the following two days there will be plenary and breakout sessions in which participants will have ample opportunity to exchange their views. On Thursday evening, all participants are invited to join us for the celebration of our 25th Anniversary. The Forum will finish on Friday afternoon, September 20, 2019.


We are looking forward to welcoming you at Forum 25 in Lisbon for an excellent event that will help to improve the safety and quality of MPHO in the future.


On behalf of the Board of Directors of ICCBBA,

Dr. Ineke Slaper-Cortenbach, PhD


Key Dates 

Jun 10th 2019
Program Finalization
Registration Opens
Mar 1st 2019
Aug 10th 2019
Hotel Registration Closes
Event Begins, Opening Ceremony
Sep 18th 2019
Closing Remarks
Sep 20th 2019


About ISBT 128

ISBT 128 is the global standard for the terminology, identification, coding and labeling of medical products of human origin (including blood, cell, tissue, milk, and organ products). It is used in more than 87 countries across six continents and disparate health care systems. It is widely endorsed by the professional community.

The standard has been designed to ensure the highest levels of accuracy, safety, and efficiency for the benefit of donors and patients worldwide. ISBT 128 provides international consistency to support the transfer, traceability and transfusion/transplantation of blood, cells, tissues and organs.


ICCBBA, the international standards organization responsible for the management and development of the ISBT 128 Standard, is a not-for-profit nongovernmental organization in official relations with the World Health Organization (WHO). For more information, please view ICCBBA's press release.  

The acronym ISBT was originally derived from the important role played by the International Society of Blood Transfusion in the development of the standard. Today it expands as Information Standard for Blood and Transplant. The number 128 reflects the 128 characters of the ISO/IEC 646 7-bit character set.


The acronym ICCBBA is derived from the International Council for Commonality in Blood Banking Automation.


Full Event Schedule

Thursday, September 19, 2019

08:30 – 15:00 --------- Registration desk open

9:00 - 10:30 --------- PLENARY SESSION 2: Traceability challenges Chairs: Prof. Dr. Jeremy Chapman and Dr. Ruth Warwick The overarching traceability needs for MPHO Dr. Axel Rahmel, German Organ Transplant Foundation (DSO) The challenge of ensuring MPHO traceability across multiple professional spheres of activity Dr Aurora Vassanelli, Italian National Transplant Centre (CNT) FDA's regulatory framework for ensuring traceability of blood and blood components Dr. Wendy Paul, US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Panel discussion 10:30 – 11:00 ----------- Coffee Break
11:00 – 12:30 --------- PLENARY SESSION 3: Implications of unregulated activities for patient safety Chairs: Dr. Ineke Slaper-Cortenbach and Dr. Ziggy Szczepiorkowski Overview of MPHO patient safety in regulated as well as in unregulated environments Prof. Dr. Jeremy Chapman, Medicine and Cancer at Westmead Hospital, Australia Unproven therapies and patient safety Dr. Mickey Koh, WBMT Graft Processing and Cellular Therapy Committee/ISCT task force Patient safety, ethics, and approvals in CAR T cell therapy Dr. Bruce Levine, President-Elect International Society for Cell and Gene Therapy (ISCT) Panel discussion 12:30 – 13:30 ----------- Lunch Break 13:30 – 15:00 --------- BREAKOUT SESSION 1 Moderator: Dr. Joy Mammen BREAKOUT SESSION 2 Moderator: Prof. Dr. Martin Hildebrandt BREAKOUT SESSION 3 Moderator: Dr. Ineke Slaper-Cortenbach 15:00 – 15:30 --------- Coffee Break 15:30 – 16:30 --------- PLENARY SESSION 4: Feedback and Conclusions from Breakout Sessions Chair: Prof. Dr. Jeremy Chapman Moderators from breakout Sessions 1-3
16:30 – 17:30 --------- PLENARY SESSION 5: Celebration of the 25th Anniversary of ICCBBA: Ensuring transparency on a Global Basis. Chairs: Mrs. Diane Wilson and Mr. Paul Ashford One World Award speech Continental Unite – past and future traceability of substance of human origin Ms. Suzanne Butch and Dr. Jørgen Georgsen 19:30 – 22:00 --------- ICCBBA 25th Anniversary Dinner - held at Estufa Fria

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

15:00 - 19:00 --------- Registration desk opens

16:00 - 18:00 --------- PLENARY SESSION 1: Opening of the Forum Chairs: Mrs. Diane Wilson & Mr. Paul Ashford 16:00 - 16:10 --------- Welcome Address: Opening of the Forum Dr. Ineke Slaper-Cortenbach, Chair, Organizing committee 16:10 - 16:25 --------- 2019 One World Award Ceremony Mrs. Diane Wilson, Chair, ICCBBA Board of Directors 16:25 - 17:15 --------- Historical perspective of Medical Products of Human Origin (MPHO) Dr. Luc Noël, Advisor, MPHO
17:15 - 19:00 --------- Welcome Reception

Friday, September 20, 2019

08:30 – 15:00 --------- Registration desk opens

08:30 – 9:35 ---------- PLENARY SESSION 6: Scientific and ethical practice: future challenges Chairs: Prof. Dr. Martin Hildebrandt and Dr. Kelly Tilleman What are the current challenges of the ethical use of MPHO? Dr. José Nunez, World Health Organization - Geneva Genetic manipulation in human reproduction: what are the challenges?
Dr. Ewa Bartnik, WHO expert advisory group on developing global standards for governance and oversight of Human genome editing Panel discussion
09:45 – 11:15 --------- PLENARY SESSION 7: Vigilance and Surveillance of MPHO – the Notify project and other international initiatives Chairs: Prof. Timothy Pruett and Dr. Salwa Hindawi EU strategies for the vigilance and surveillance of substances of human origin Dr. Deirdre Fehily, Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety, European Commission (DG SANTE) Vigilance and surveillance of MPHO Dr. Jefferson Jones, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) How the NOTIFY Project can improve the safety of transfusion/transplantation/application of MPHO. Dr. Aurora Navarro Cantullera, The Catalan Transplant Organization (OCATT) Panel discussion 11:15 – 11:30 --------- Coffee Break 11:30 – 12:45 --------- BREAKOUT SESSION 4: Moderator: Prof. John Armitage BREAKOUT SESSION 5: Moderator: Dr. Joy Mammen BREAKOUT SESSION 6: Moderator: Mrs. Diane Wilson 12:30 – 13:15 --------- Lunch Break 13:30 – 14:15 --------- PLENARY SESSION 8: Feedback and Conclusions from Breakout Sessions Chair: Prof. Timothy Pruett Moderators: Prof. John Armitage, Dr. Joy Mammen, and Mrs. Diane Wilson
14:15 – 15:15 --------- PLENARY SESSION 9: Healthcare Informatics & the Role of New Technologies Chairs: Prof. Dr. Martin Hildebrandt and Dr. Jørgen Georgsen Cloud, block chain and related technologies: MPHO impacts and opportunities Mr. Wayne Bolton, Australian Red Cross Blood Service and chair of ICCBBA, TAG-Information Technology Committee Ethical aspects of Artificial Intelligence in medicine Dr. Stuart McLennan, Technical University Munich, Germany
15:15 --------------------- Closing Remarks:

Note: The dress code during the entire meeting including the Anniversary Dinner is “smart casual”.

Social Programs

Award Ceremony
SANA Lisboa Hotel
Sep 18th     16:10 - 16:25

During the the award ceremony, ICCBBA will present the winner of the One World Award for 2019.

Welcome Reception
SANA Lisboa Hotel
Sep 18th     17:15 - 19:00

The Welcome reception includes an introductory speech.

Social Dinner
Estufa Fria
Sep 19th    19:30 - 22:00

Initially designed as a plant shelter, the Lisbon Estufa Fria is a space where you can enjoy pleasant moments amongst pools, waterfalls, creeks, statues and hundreds of species of different plants from all over the world. The Lisbon Estufa Fria is located in the Eduardo VII Park just a short 11 minute walk from the Sana Lisboa Hotel. Learn More about it here.


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