In October 2014, APEC representatives convened in Manila, Philippines for the first policy dialogue to
share experiences and develop a path forward for APEC to support blood safety. They agreed to establish an APEC LSIF Blood Supply Chain Partnership Training Network (PTN) to serve as a long-term sustainable mechanism to support capacity building activities to help APEC economies implement the APEC Roadmap’s recommended actions. The PTN will develop and deliver an evolving curriculum that enhances capacity and promotes the achievement of international standards in the blood supply chain. The PTN is not intended to be an actual “bricks and mortar” facility, but instead will build upon existing resources in the region to create a network of organizations with the capacity to conduct training in international best practices in maintaining safety and quality in the blood supply chain. The PTN will involve representatives of health ministries, national blood services organizations, regulatory agencies, international organizations, academia, the private sector, and other key stakeholders. The PTN will operate in accordance with a Terms of Reference approved by the LSIF.
AABB, the internationally-recognized, independent professional body and standards organization for blood services, was appointed by the LSIF Executive Board as the Secretariat for the PTN in June 2015. Following the 1st Pilot Workshop, the PTN will operate entirely on a self-funded basis with in-kind support coming from partner institutions throughout the region and a coalition of relevant private sector entities managed by AABB.
A PTN Advisory Board, comprised of up to 12 representatives from APEC governments, international Organizations, medical associations (AABB, APBN), academic societies (ISBT), and the private sector, is currently being established and will provide strategic guidance and oversight over the PTN’s activities. Progress is measured over the medium-term by assessing the ability of participating institutions to meet international accreditation standards through a tiered approach. Participating institutions (nominated by APEC economies) in the PTN training programs will be invited to conduct self-assessments and external peer reviews to assess progress made on strengthening their quality system and operational areas for compliance with international standards.