The Stool Bank Ireland initiative invited two public and/or patient representatives to join its Steering Committee in October 2020. The representatives joined others from gastroenterology, clinical microbiology, infectious diseases, surgery, scientific microbiome research, the Irish Blood Transfusion Service, pharmacy, nursing, and external international expert advice from an established Dutch stool bank. The representatives contributed to discussions around product supply, regulation and the creation of a national registry. The project concluded in March 2021.
The public and/or patient representatives were identified from Stool Bank Ireland’s professional network of contacts. Representatives work to an agreed terms of reference which includes a description of their role.