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SKAE - Centre for Coordinating Haemovigilance

Hellenic Center for Disease Control & Prevention


SKAE – Hellenic Centre for Coordinating Haemovigilance

Director:  Dr. Constantina Politis


SKAE’s basic functions

Educational activities

Contact details


The Hellenic Centre for Coordinating Haemovigilance (SKAE) was founded by the Hellenic Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (Decision of the Board of Directors, Session 23rd 1995 and published in the Government Gazette 831/29 June 2001) as the body responsible for developing a haemovigilance system on all stages of the chain from donation to transfusion.

In the course of the harmonization of Greek law with European Directives establishing standards for safety and quality of blood and blood components, SKAE was given responsibility for providing information on adverse reactions and events related to transfusion among recipients and related to donation among donors (Government Gazette 261/17-02-2011). Since January 2008, SKAE has been located within the central offices of the HCDCP.

Its’ staff have scientific expertise on blood donation and transfusion, public health, laboratory blood testing, counseling for blood-transmitted infections, statistical analysis, training and organization.

SKAE’s basic functions

• Epidemiological surveillance of transfusion-transmitted infections

• Vigilance for adverse reactions and events, equipment failures and complications in general in blood donors during and after donation

• Epidemiological surveillance of adverse reactions and events in recipients of transfusions of blood and blood components

• Tracing and look-back procedures

• Crisis management for epidemics and emergencies with impacts on blood services and public health

• Rapid response and alerts for provision of information on blood safety

• Issuing guidelines for protecting blood safety against infectious threats such as West Nile virus and malaria

• Vigilance for materials and reagents used in blood donation

• Informing the medical community of the results of tests

• Proposals for measures for reducing or avoiding adverse events and malfunctions in the transfusion chain

• Education and training

• Research into the contribution of new technologies in blood testing, and cost-benefit analyses


Educational activities

• Organization of educational seminars and conferences

       - International     

       - National

       - Regional

       - Local

• Participation in European and international seminars and conferences

• Publications

       - Recording forms for epidemiological surveillance of transfusion-transmitted infections, and for adverse reactions and events associated with transfusion

       - Information materials concerning blood safety and haemovigilance (leaflets, manuals, posters, cd’s)

       - Books

       - Papers in Greek and international scientific journals

       - Translation of the Council of Europe’s “Guide to the Preparation, Use and Quality Assurance of Blood Components”


Contact details

Telephone: +30-210-8233673, +30-210-8813875
Fax: +30-210-8233654




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