Eye Bank Technical Advisory Group

OVERVIEW

The Eye Bank Technical Advisory Group (EBTAG) consisting of representatives of the European Eye Bank Association, Eye Bank Association of America, Eye Bank Association of Australia and New Zealand, Eye Bank Association of India, Asia Cornea Society, and the Pan-American Association of Eye Banks, have developed a global standard terminology to describe ocular tissue for transplant.

The group began meeting early in 2010 and agreed to the following goals:

  • Create and publish a nomenclature that will be endorsed by the professional groups represented;

  • Review the coding of this terminology within ISBT 128;

  • Agree on standardized labeling;

  • Determine if there is need for a consensus standard for ocular tissue;

  • Determine the mechanism for on-going maintenance of the terminology; and

  • Promote the use of ISBT 128 for ocular tissues.

SUMMARY OF RECENT ACTIVITY

The EBTAG is reviewing the current ISBT 128 ocular terminology to ensure its suitability with recent clinical developments such as DSAEK and DMEK procedures.

 

The committee is also revising the ISBT 128 Standard Labeling of Ocular Tissue v1.1.0 to ensure that the existing requirements are still appropriate. Furthermore, a new international joint statement on the terminology, coding, and labeling of ocular tissue is currently being drafted.

 

Since June 2022, the EBTAG Discussion Forum has been active in Loomio. The purpose of this forum is to provide an all-in-one platform where members can carry out discussions on proposed additions or changes to the ISBT 128 Standard and collaborate to reach a consensus.

EBTAG MEMBER LIST

Chair

  • Diego Ponzin

Representatives

  • Samar Basak – Eye Bank Association of India

  • Jennifer DeMatteo – Eye Bank Association of America (Alt.)

  • Mark Mannis – Associação Pan-Americana de Bancos de Olhos

  • Kristin Mathes – Eye Bank Association of America

  • Gary L.A. Jones – European Eye Bank Association

  • Donald Tan – Asia Cornea Society / Association of Eye Bank of Asia 

  • Luke Weinel – Eye Bank Association of Australia & New Zealand 

Technical Experts

  • Patricia Dahl

  • Ken Lotherington

  • Jannine Westby 

Observers

  • John Kling

  • Pang Chia Li

  • Cristina Mazzacurati

  • David Steiner

ICCBBA Staff Liaison

  • Mónica Freire

Liaisons

  • Brychan Clark – U.S. Food and Drug Administration

  • Izabela Uhrynowska-Tyszkiewicz – ITTAG