ETRL spring Newsletter published

The 2021 spring Newsletter has been published and contains information on a number of changes in the AM program, the results from the recent survey on future HLA typing data communication, and some changes in the EPT website.


Address change

Please note that there will be a change of location for the shipment of samples. Phone numbers remain unchanged.

From the 3rd of February 2021 please send sera from AM program candidates to:

ETRL, M.J.H. van der Linden
LUMC, reception HLA laboratory
Internal postcode L2-Q
Room L2-76
Route 854
Albinusdreef 2
2333 ZA Leiden
The Netherlands

EPT dates for 2021 published

The dates for the various EPT exercises for 2021 have been sent to the participating laboratories and have been published on our website. In case one of these dates interferes with some special events, please inform us as soon as possible.

Sample shipments

Shipping dateTyping Dispatch (n)Deadline Typing/XM ReportCrossmatch Dispatch*Screening Dispatch*Deadline screening Report
23-02-2021309-03-2021EPT-XM-A, B, CEPT-Scr-A-L06-07-2021
13-04-2021327-04-2021EPT-XM-D, E, Fxx
15-06-2021329-06-2021EPT-XM-G, H, Ixx
21-09-2021305-10-2021EPT-XM-J, K, Lxx
*Please note that for screening and cross matching different sera are shipped

Extra shipment 2021Deadline XM/TypingDeadline Screening

Patient-based cases

Information/form sentDeadline

ETRL autumn Newsletter published

The 2020 autumn Newsletter has been published and contains information on the progress of the transition to the virtual cross­match in Eurotransplant, some news on data extracts, the extra EPT shipment, and on a new form for AM patient updates.

The extramural meeting goes virtual

Due to the Corona pandemic the Extramural meeting that was planned on the 13th of March 2020 in Mechelen, Belgium was cancelled. Since a physical meeting will not be possible in the foreseen future, the ETRL will host a virtual Extramural meeting on Wednesday the 27th of November from 9:30 till 13:00. The preliminary program is as follows:

  • Overview EPT results 2019 Yvonne Zoet (ETRL)
  • Patient based cases 2019 (a summary of results is published on the EPT website) Yvonne Zoet (ETRL)
  • News from the TTAC Sebastiaan Heidt (ETRL)
  • The road towards virtual crossmatching Sebastiaan Heidt (ETRL)
  • HLA epitopes: from theory to practice Cynthia Kramer (LUMC)

Updated EPT scheme 2020

Because of the Corona pandemic we were forced to postpone the March shipment and the May shipment will also be postponed.
Since governmental restrictions are now gradually scaled down, we have decided to make a new shipment schedule for the EPT on the 2020 typing and crossmatching, as well as for the patient- based cases. Additionally, we decided to temporarily prolong the deadlines from 2 to 3 weeks.

Please note that at the moment there is still a possibility that we are not able or allowed to ship on the dates announced. Whenever necessary we will reschedule again and keep you updated.
There will be an extra shipment in January for the laboratories that do not yet meet the criteria or were unable to receive any of the planned shipments. The date of this extra shipment will be announced at a later time.

Shipping dateTyping
Deadline typing
and xm report
(12 sera)
A, B, C
D, E, F
G, H, I
J, K, L
*For screening and crossmatching different sera are shipped

Patient-based cases EPT
Information/form sentDeadline results

Please let us know before the 21st of May 2020 if the proposed shipment dates and/or deadlines will be problematic for you. Also, when you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.