ISBT and AABB recognize that their missions, aims, memberships and activities have common elements. While these may partially overlap, the two organizations acknowledge that this provides a potential for synergy. The organizations believe in working together to utilize their respective strengths and resources to pursue mutual and common interests. These are outlined in a memorandum of understanding signed in June 2017.
AABB formally recognized this partnership in 2017 at the ISBT Annual Meeting, when past AABB President, Zbigniew "Ziggy" M. Szczepiorkowski, MD, PhD, FCAP, presented ISBT with a statuette engraved with the words “celebrating our shared values.” “I think those words are truly fitting,” Szczepiorkowski said during the presentation. “AABB is proud of its collaborative efforts with ISBT. Our two organizations are working toward the same goal—fostering advancements in the field of transfusion medicine and ensuring that transfusion medicine is safe and available for patients worldwide. For the benefit of patients worldwide and the strength of the field, the collaboration between our organizations is essential.”
ISBT Website: www.isbtweb.org
ISBT Congress: www.isbtweb.org/toronto