2022-2024 Committee List and Charges

EBAA benefits from a large number of dedicated volunteers whose service on EBAA Committees helps advance the Association’s mission.

Please review the committees and their charges and expectations below. The deadline to apply is March 11.

Committee:
Charge:

Accreditation Board

ChargesExpectationsFrequency of Meetings

  • Conduct site inspections of eye banks to ascertain an appropriate and current level of compliance with EBAA Medical Standards.
  • Advise eye banks in corrective actions to meet these standards.
  • Report in an advisory capacity to the Medical Advisory Board on accreditation issues which impact current standards.
  • Submit accreditation policies which advance eye banking to the Board of Directors.

  • Be an experienced eye banker or corneal surgeon to provide the accreditation procedure a high level of consistency in application of the EBAA Medical Standards.
  • Conduct at least one eye bank site inspection per year (possibly two if an eye banker)

  • Attend and participate in two meetings per year, at the EBAA Annual Meeting in June and prior to the AAO meeting in the Fall.
  • Attend the training at the beginning of the cycle

Constitution & Bylaws Committee

ChargesExpectationsFrequency of Meetings

  • Review proposed bylaws amendments to ensure compatibility with current bylaws; make recommendation to Board to accept or reject proposed amendments.
  • Initiate bylaws amendments as appropriate
  • Review all eye bank/organizational membership applications to ensure compliance with bylaws requirements; make recommendation to Board to accept or reject application.

  • Have knowledge of EBAA bylaws and other governing documents
  • Understand non-profit governance issues
  • Consider bylaws amendments and new member applications in light of their impact on EBAA, regardless of possible implications for one’s own organization.

  • Most work conducted by email
  • Bylaws amendments are not proposed every year
  • EBAA receives approximately one membership application per year.

Continuing Education Committee

ChargesExpectationsFrequency of Meetings

  • Evaluate educational opportunities for proficiency in eye banking standards and practices.
  • Set consistent standards to ensure the the rigor and objectivity of continuing education units (CEUs).
  • Ensure that requests being submitted for CEU approval meet the professional development standards for maintaining one’s CEBT

  • Review CEU requests throughout the year
  • Answer emails, review CEU requests, and complete surveys sent from the Committee Chair and/or EBAA liaison

  • Attend conference calls throughout the year as determined by the Chair.

Donor, Partner, and Community Relations Committee

ChargesExpectationsFrequency of Meetings

  • Plan educational programs to be delivered at the Annual Meeting, webinars, and community chats throughout the year in the following areas:
    • Hospital development/ donor development
    • Community outreach/ public awareness
    • Partner relations, public awareness
    • Donor family communications/ aftercare
    • Call center operations
    • Related topics
  • Provide tools and resources for eye banks to encourage registration and donation.
  • Provide tools and resources for eye banks to promote cornea donation and donor registration, to strengthen relationships with donation partners, to increase public awareness, and help facilitate the gift of sight.

  • Have knowledge of some or all of the topics below
    • Hospital development/ donor development
    • Community outreach/ public awareness
    • Partner relations, public awareness
    • Donor family communications/ aftercare
    • Call center operations
  • Understand eye bank operations and partnerships in relation to donation partners and the public
  • Bring new ideas and topics to the committee to further the education of these topics to the entire membership
  • Answer emails and respond to requests from the Committee Chair and/or EBAA liaison

  • Attend monthly Zoom calls

Exam Committee

ChargesExpectationsFrequency of Meetings

  • Administer examinations for technical certification.
  • Create, review, and update materials related to the certification exam.
  • Develop items for the examination appropriate to the expected knowledge and skill level of the applicants

  • Understand the various eye banking functions covered on the Certified Eye Bank Technician Exam.
  • Write and review exam questions
  • Attend meetings and contribute to the overall work of the committee

  • The committee meets via Zoom on a monthly or bi-monthly basis, as determined by the Committee Chair.

Finance Committee

ChargesExpectationsFrequency of Meetings

  • Recommend financial policies and strategies that reflect EBAA’s current and future needs.
  • Participate in quarterly call:
    • EBAA financial update: Receive report from CEO and Finance Director regarding the association’s current and anticipated future financial position.
    • EBAA investment update:  Receive report from investment advisors; recommend changes to investment policy as appropriate

  • Understand financial and operational issues relevant to non-profit organizations
  • Review financial issues from the perspective of what is in the best interest of EBAA, separate from potential impact on one’s own organization

  • Attend quarterly updates from EBAA staff and investment advisors (60-90 minutes)
    • Review printed materials before the meeting
  • Available for other conference calls as needed. (fewer than one per year)

Legislative & Regulatory Committee

ChargesExpectationsFrequency of Meetings

  • Review relevant federal legislative and regulatory issues and develop recommendations, as appropriate, concerning legislative policy and its application to eye banking.
  • Monitor state legislation to identify trends and develop recommendations on appropriate policies for adoption by member banks.
  • Unite and direct members for participation in grassroots campaigns.

  • Possess interest in, and working knowledge of, legislative and regulatory processes
  • Understand laws and regulations that apply to eye banking and human tissue donation

  • Intermittent, based on circumstances at federal and state levels; 2-3 phone or Zoom meetings per year.

Medical Advisory Board (MAB)

ChargesExpectationsFrequency of Meetings

  • Establish medical criteria for eye donations, review and promulgate safety guidelines for technical procedures for recovery and processing of ocular tissue and make recommendations regarding corneal transplantation.
  • Regularly review and approve updates to the standards

  • Have a deep understanding of the Medical Standards and the application of the standards to the operations of an eye bank
  • Be an experienced eye banker or corneal surgeon to be able to contribute knowledgeable opinions and information to the discussions

  • In-person meetings are held twice a year, at the Annual Meeting and the Fall Leadership Meeting
  • Participate in conference calls if appointed to an ad hoc subcommittee of the MAB.

MAB Subcommittees

Policy & Position ResearchMedical ReviewProcedures Manual

  • Conduct detailed investigations of specific issues for the Medical Advisory Board’s consideration.

  • Review adverse events and document their occurrence.
  • Monitor the efficacy of medical standards and their effectiveness regarding disease transmission.
  • Monitor specific issues as directed by the Medical Advisory Board and develop outcome measures for performance and outcome improvement.

  • Review the EBAA Procedures Manual and update as necessary.

Quality Assurance Committee

ChargesExpectationsFrequency of Meetings

  • Plan and develop educational sessions, materials and resources throughout the year for EBAA in the area of Quality Assurance.
    • Plan 2-3 webinar presentations throughout the year.
    • Develop eyeLEARN sessions and resources
    • Programming for the Quality Assurance Workshop at the Annual Meeting as well as concurrent sessions
  • Review and recommend Medical Standard and Procedures Manual revisions.

  • Have knowledge of Quality Assurance in eye banking
  • Bring new ideas and topics to the committee to further the education of Quality Assurance to the entire membership
  • Answer emails and respond to requests from the Committee Chair and/or EBAA liaison

  • Attend monthly Zoom calls

Research Committee

ChargesExpectationsFrequency of Meetings

  • Review and recommend research grant proposals for funding by EBAA.
  • Encourage new investigation in eye banking.
  • Develop peer-reviewed literature to advance principles of corneal transplantation and eye banking.

  • Understand research protocols and terminology
  • Review applications twice a year
  • Maintain confidentiality regarding the materials reviewed

  • Most committee work is completed through surveys and online communication. Members may be invited to participate in a selection call if needed.

Scientific Programs Committee

ChargesExpectationsFrequency of Meetings

  • Develop, coordinate and conduct the EBAA Medical Directors Symposium and Scientific Symposium at the Annual Meeting.
  • Assist with the development and expansion of educational programs and services which will attract and retain physician participation in EBAA.
  • Review and select scientific papers for the EBAA Scientific Symposium and the Cornea and Eye Banking Forum.
  • Develop scientific sessions on corneal transplants for presentations at other academic forums.

  • Assist in the planning of educational content for eye bank professionals, corneal surgeons, and eye bank Medical Directors.
  • Review scientific abstracts twice a year
    • Scientific Symposium (review in March)
    • Cornea and Eye Banking Forum (review in August)

  • Participate in one Zoom call in December/January to plan the Medical Directors Symposium. An additional committee meeting may be scheduled during the year.

Statistical Report Committee

ChargesExpectationsFrequency of Meetings

  • Review the EBAA’s annual Statistical Report and ensure accuracy and relevance of information.
  • Assist in the development of data collection surveys to assist EBAA on policy development.
  • Develop training materials on E-StatIS to assist with statistical data entry and provide annual analysis of eye banking trends.

  • Participate in the review of the report prior to publication
  • Understand statistical reporting and data analysis

  • Available for conference calls as needed
  • Answer emails and respond to requests from the Committee Chair and/or EBAA liaison

 

Technician Education Committee

ChargesExpectationsFrequency of Meetings

  • Develop programs that advance and recognize the role of the technician in eye banking.
  • Plan and develop educational sessions, materials and resources throughout the year for skill development and acquisition of technical knowledge and practice.
    • Plan 2-3 webinar presentations throughout the year.
    • Develop eyeLEARN sessions and resources
    • Programming for the Technical Skills Workshop at the Annual Meeting as well as concurrent sessions

  • Understand technical functions in eye banking
  • Answer emails and respond to requests from the Committee Chair and/or EBAA liaison
  • Attend meetings and contribute to the overall work of the committee
  • Assist in the planning of educational content for the EBAA members.
  • Present to the membership on a webinar, skills video or during an EBAA meeting.

  • Attend monthly Zoom meetings