ESHRE Webinar SQART 25 May 2021

Quality management in ART - an update

ESHRE Webinar 2021

SIG Safety and Quality in ART  An ESHRE Webinar organised by the ESHRE Special Interest Groups Safety and Quality in ART

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Course description

Traceability and identification of tissue and cells used for clinical application are one of the key aspects of quality and safety in egg donation ART, both for donors and recipients. Patients as well as tissues and cells now move across the European continent and far beyond, so a uniform coding system has been very much needed. The coding of tissues and cells of human origin was embedded in the EU directives 2004/23/EC. The use of a Single European Code (SEC) was introduced in 2017 for tissues and cells distributed within the EU or exported from the EU. The SEC ensures standardisation within the EU, allowing the integration of the two existing codes (ISBT-128 and Eurocode) within the SEC structure. This course will describe what and how to code, which codes can be used and the status of SEC in the field of ART.

Medically assisted reproduction (MAR) represents a complex system of clinical, laboratory and organisational high-risk procedures for prevention of adverse events is crucial. The culture of risk and safety isI defined in the context of clinical risk management, established as a set of several tools and actions aiming to identify, analyse, evaluate and process risks in order to improve patient safety. Several tools are available to carry out risk analysis reactively, such as the eight disciplines (8D) model. This is a problem-solving approach typically employed by quality managers and successfully applied in healthcare. The purpose of the 8D methodology is to identify, correct and eliminate recurring problems, establishing permanent corrective actions. This course will describe when and how to perform the 8D problem-solving model in the MAR field.


Target audience

MAR experts both medical doctors, embryologists, quality managers, inspectors.


Educational needs and expected outcomes

  • To understand which codes are applicable in the EU
  • To understand when and how coding should be applied



Times are shown in CEST - Central European Summer Time

 16:00-16:05    Introduction – Alessandra Alteri (Moderator)
 16:05-16:25    The importance of traceability – Matthew Pettit (United Kingdom)
 16:25-16:45     Coding system for cells and tissues supporting traceability from the donor to the recipient – Kelly Tilleman (Belgium)
 16:45-17:05     RCA: tracing a problem to its origin - Stefanie Herring (United Kingdom)
 17:05-17:30     Q&A