Beginning in 2012, Canadian Blood Services, on behalf of the Eye and Tissue Data Committee (ETDC), received data submissions from all Canadian eye and tissue programs. Data definitions were established and data training delivered to the Canadian eye and tissue community.
Canadian Blood Services maintains and collates data for review by the ETDC. Each year a summary report is generated. The purpose of this report is to provide information and insights into the Canadian recovery, processing and distribution of ocular and tissue allografts across Canada.
Prospective data collection was initiated in 2012. In 2020, data was submitted from 16 eye and tissue banks and one recovery program representing a census of all Canadian eye and tissue banking activity (results were not available for select metrics for certain programs, as indicated). Data on allografts imported by Canadian tissue banks from the United States was available for the first time in 2016; however, data on allografts imported directly by Canadian hospitals from the United States is not readily available.
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