FDA Publishes Guideline for Eligibility Determination for Donors of Human Cells and Tissues

GMP News
19 September 2007
 

FDA Publishes Guideline for Eligibility Determination for Donors of Human Cells and Tissues

 
The recently published "Guidance for Industry: Eligibility Determination for Donors of Human Cells, Tissues, and Cellular and Tissue-Based Products (HCT/Ps)" finalises those requirements which had been described in a draft guidance with the same title released in 2004. In addition, the current document contains the measures of the Draft "Guidance for Industry: Preventive Measures to Reduce the Possible Risk of Transmission of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD) and Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (vCJD) by Human Cells, Tissues, and Cellular and Tissue-Based Products (HCT/Ps)" from 2002.

With its broad scope the guidance covers

  • a comprehensive introduction explaining the activities of FDA in this field
  • donor-eligibility determination
  • donor screening and
  • donor testing.

Furthermore, the document features a detailed list of literature which provides supplemental information. Examples of a flow chart, a questionnaire, algorithms and explanations for the selection criteria of certain relevant communicable disease agents or diseases (RCDADs) can be found in the appendices.

The rather complex title of the guidance document should not discourage you from reading it. With this detailed guideline you receive practice-oriented recommendations fort implementing the requirements defined in 21 CFR part 1271, subpart C for donors of human cells and tissues.

You will find FDA's Guidance for Industry at http://www.fda.gov/cber/gdlns/tissdonor.pdf.

Author:
Dr. Ulrich Herber
On behalf of the European Compliance Academy (ECA)
 

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