Bethesda, Md. – AABB (formerly known as the American Association of Blood Banks) is pleased to announce that its comprehensive Accreditation Program has been granted accreditation by the International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua). AABB joins the Joint Commission International and the Accreditation Council of Canada as the only ISQua-accredited programs in North America.
“Accreditation by ISQua provides assurance that the processes used by AABB to assess the performance of its accredited facilities meet the highest international benchmarks for accreditation entities,” said Karen Shoos Lipton, AABB’s CEO. “Obtaining ISQua accreditation is a lengthy but worthwhile process, and I’m proud of everyone in our organization, Board and staff members, who worked diligently to fulfill the complex requirements set by ISQua.”
AABB staff spent a year preparing the detailed self-evaluation report required for submission prior to the arrival of the survey team. In December 2008, ISQua surveyors from Canada, New Zealand and India conducted an intensive on-site inspection at AABB, evaluating every department within the organization and how each supports the AABB Accreditation and Quality Department. The survey included a weeklong peer review at the AABB National Office in Bethesda, as well as interviews with representatives of a local facility that had undergone an AABB assessment in the previous year. The surveyors also spoke, via teleconference, with representatives of the Board, personnel at several AABB-accredited facilities, and with a cross-section of AABB assessors throughout the country.
In the final report presented to the ISQua Secretariat, the surveyors noted that “AABB’s Accreditation and Quality Program appears to maintain good external relationships, which is demonstrated by the high esteem in which it is held by staff, member organizations and assessors.”
AABB’s Accreditation Program strives to improve the quality and safety of collecting, processing, testing, distributing and administering blood and cellular therapy products. The Accreditation Program is designed to assess the quality and operational systems in place within a facility. The basis for assessment is compliance with AABB standards, Code of Federal Regulations and other federal guidance documents.
AABB grants accreditation for:
- Blood Donor Centers — Collection, Processing, Testing, and Distribution
- Transfusion Services — Testing (Pretransfusion, Compatibility), Blood Administration
- Cellular Therapy Activities (Hematopoietic Progenitor Cells, Cord Blood, Somatic Cells)
- Immunohematology Reference Laboratories
- Perioperative Services
- Relationship/Parentage Testing Laboratories
For more information about the AABB Accreditation Program, please visit www.aabb.org > Accreditation.
Established in 1947, AABB (formerly known as the American Association of Blood Banks) is an international, not-for-profit association dedicated to the advancement of science and the practice of transfusion medicine and related biological therapies. The association is committed to improving health by developing and delivering standards, accreditation and educational programs and services to optimize patient and donor care and safety.
ISQua, the International Society for Quality in Health Care, is a non-profit, independent organization with members in more than 70 countries. ISQua works to provide services to guide health professionals, providers, researches, agencies, policy makers and consumers to achieve excellence in health care delivery to all people, and to continuously improve the quality and safety of care.