Who We Are
The Global Alliance of Eye Bank Associations inc. is a collective, global organization established by the: Eye Bank Association of America, European Eye Bank Association, Association of Eye Banks of Asia, Eye Banks Association of Australia and New Zealand, Pan American Association of Eye Banks, and Eye Bank Association of India.
The organization is a member of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness and the International Council of Ophthalmolgy, and collaborates with sector professionals in regions without eye bank associations – who share common goals and values.
In 2012 a Memorandum of Understanding was signed by representatives from the Associations, and the organization officially formed in 2014, with the intent to develop a peer body to support industry recommendations, best practice and the WHO’s Initiative for Medical Products of Human Origin, and the Declaration of Istanbul on Organ Trafficking and Transplant tourism.
The agreed aim of the Global Alliance is to collectively establish a cooperative alliance of the world’s leading Eye Bank Associations to achieve the following objectives:
Sharing of Best Practices and Guidelines
The Associations agree to facilitate active sharing of established eye banking best practices and procurement and medical guidelines including available information on education, training and research initiatives with the aim of ultimately harmonizing global practices of eye banking.
Sharing of Information on Scientific Meetings / Conferences / Workshops
The Associations agree to share information regarding upcoming scientific meetings / conferences / workshops to facilitate coordination of these activities, foster reciprocal participation and promote joint organization efforts of specific symposia and workshops whenever applicable. The Associations will endeavor to cross-promote upcoming events through communication channels available to the individual Associations including but not limited to website, newsletters and other related publications.
Establishment of Worldwide Register of Eye Banks
The Associations will collectively establish a comprehensive register of eye banks worldwide with the goal of facilitating collection and publication of data pertaining to worldwide eye donation and ocular tissue transplantation activity.
Development and Promotion of Global Coding, Tractability Efforts and Bio-Vigilance Systems for Ocular Tissue
The Associations will undertake to collaboratively work on the development and promotion of global coding, tractability efforts and bio-vigilance systems for ocular tissue.
Provide Global Advocacy for Eye Donation and Eye Banking
The Associations agree to work closely together to address emerging and current challenges in eye donation and eye banking; positioning the Global Alliance of Eye Banks as the global advocate of eye donation and eye banking, and providing guidance and promotion of safe and ethical practices in the donation and transplantation of ocular tissue.
Founding Partner Representatives
Association of Eye Banks of Asia
Professor Donald Tan and Pang Chia-Li
European Eye Bank Association
EO Gary Jones and CEBT Andrea Gareiss-Lok
Eye Bank Association of America
CEO Kevin P. Corcoran CAE and Dr David Glasser
Eye Bank Association of Australia and New Zealand
Dr Graeme Pollock
Eye Bank Association of India
Dr. Gobinda Mukherjee and Ganesh Ganapathy ED
Pan American Association of Eye Banks
Dr Enrique O. Graue-Hernández and Professor Mark Mannis
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Eye Banks who are existing members of partner Eye Bank Associations are automatically members of The Global Alliance. Your membership details will be forwarded to you from your association.
For further inquiry, please contact your regional representative association or the Global Alliance via contact us.