Haemovigilance Workshop

Tuesday 9 April 2024

Welle 7 (Deck 3), next to Bern main station

The registration deadline has expired. Unfortunately, we can no longer accept registrations.

About the event

This year’s focal topics are near misses/transfusion errors and alloimmunisations/haemolytic transfusion reactions. In addition to sharing knowledge, our aim is to identify ways to improve transfusion and thus also patient safety.

The workshop will be a mixture of specialist presentations and joint discussion of concrete examples from haemovigilance. Participants are welcome to ask questions or present examples from their own experience.

The target audience are persons working in haemovigilance, especially those in clinics, immunohaematology labs and quality assurance. Haemovigilance aspects from the production of labile blood products are not a focus of this workshop.

The workshop was designed as an on-site event, because meeting in person and getting to know one another are additional important aspects of the event. We also offer an online broadcast should you be unable to join us in Bern. Please note the conditions for participating online.

Administrative information

  • Participation in the Haemovigilance Workshop is free of charge.

  • Presentations will be held in German or French, with simultaneous interpretation into the respective other language.

  • Venue: Welle 7, next to Bern main station.

  • The Swissmedic presentations will be made available after the event. A link will be e-mailed to all participants.

  • All registered participants will receive an e-mail with a certificate of participation after the event.

  • To register for the event, please complete one registration form per person.

Conditions for online participation

  • The online broadcast will be conducted as a webinar (one-way only to the audience).

  • The link for online participation will be sent to the e-mail address provided in the registration form the day before the event.

  • It will not be possible to take part in discussions during the event. Participants will be able to ask questions via the chat function.

  • Swissmedic offers no technical support should external participants have reception issues.

  • Microphones and cameras must remain switched off at all times.

  • We can only issue certificates of participation for registered persons who logged onto the webinar platform with their full name (first name and last name).


April 9
Registration and Welcome Coffee
Welcome Message
Christoph Küng, Christian Schärer
Near misses/IBCT

Switzerland overview and update on the reporting system

Presentation in German

René Bulter, Julia Engels
Coffee break
Learning from our mistakes – properly!

Analysis of incidents as a way of identifying weak points

Discussion of case studies

Speech, presentation and discussion in German

Helmut Paula
Lunch Break
Alloantibodies and haemolytic transfusion reactions

Switzerland overview

Presentation in German

Julia Engels
Haemolytic transfusion reactions

Theory and case studies and p

Speech and presentation in French

Giorgia Canellini
Coffee break
Alloantibodies and transfusion errors (IBCT)

Case studies

Presentation in German

Julia Engels
Alloantibodies in emergency situations


Speech and presentation in German

Katarzyna A. Jalowiec
Closing Remarks & End of the Workshop

Continuing education credits:

  • SGH-SSH 5 points

  • SGAIM 4 points

  • SSAPM 5 points

  • FAMH 5 points

  • SPHD 5 points


Welle 7 (Deck 3)

Schanzenstrasse 5, Bern
3008 Bern

Welle 7 is located directly next to Bern main station, Welle exit. Direct access via the bridge from platforms 1-13. The event is being held on Deck 3 (3rd floor).


If you have any questions, please contact the following persons:

Administrative questions

Nicole Lüthi

Communication Department, Phone +41 58 463 71 99, nicole.luethi@swissmedic.ch

Technical questions

René Bulter

Phone +41 58 484 96 19, haemovigilance@swissmedic.ch


René Bulter

Specialist in drug safety, Swissmedic

Julia Engels

Vigilance Assessor, Swissmedic

Christoph Küng

Head, Safety of Medicines Division, Swissmedic

Christian Schärer

Head Inspection Management and Blood Surveillance

Giorgia Canellini

Physician in charge of blood transfusions, Institut Central des Hôpitaux, Sion

Physician in charge of blood transfusion unit, CHUV Lausanne

Helmut Paula

CIRRNET managemen, Patient Safety Switzerland Foundation

Katarzyna A. Jalowiec

Senior physician, university clinic for haematology and haematological central laboratory

Transfusion medicine laboratory, deputy department head & qualified person

Inselspital Bern