On 1 February 2013 the European Commission launched a new Rapid Alert platform for Tissues and Cells (RATC) to exchange urgent information relating to human tissues or cells transferred across borders.
In addition to tracking quality and safety defects in tissues and cells, the RATC can be used to raise the alarm on illegal and fraudulent activities, as well as on developing epidemiological situations (e.g. disease outbreaks) which may have cross-border implications.
The Commission anticipates that the new platform will improve the safety of patients undergoing transplantations and medical procedures involving bone, marrow, cornea, sperm, skin and other human tissues and cells.
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