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For Immediate Release
February 27, 2008 
Jennifer Garfinkel

 Release of New Standards Document Marks 50 Years of Improving the 


Bethesda, Md. – AABB (formerly known as the American Association of Blood Banks) is celebrating its 50th year of setting standards and providing accreditation for the transfusion medicine and cellular therapies community by releasing its 25th Edition of Standards for Blood Banks and Transfusion Services (BB/TS Standards). The organization’s Standards and Accreditation programs both commenced in 1958 and continue to promote quality and safety for thousands of facilities and individuals worldwide.


AABB, an international association representing individuals and institutions involved in activities related to transfusion medicine and cellular therapies, published the first edition of BB/TS Standards (originally titled Standards for a Blood Transfusion Service) in 1957. The Standards went into effect in 1958, and provided the basis for the inception of the AABB Accreditation program. 


Since 1958, the AABB Standards and Accreditation programs have expanded to encompass several new disciplines, such as cellular therapies, immunohematology, perioperative autologous blood collection and relationship testing. Each set of Standards is developed by a volunteer committee of experts, and is based on good medical practices, scientific data, regulations and requirements promulgated by other organizations, and principles associated with good manufacturing practice and quality management.

AABB’s Accreditation program strives to improve the quality and safety of collecting, processing, testing, distributing and administering blood and blood products by assessing the quality and operational systems in place within the facility. The basis for accreditation includes compliance with AABB Standards, the Code of Federal Regulations, and state and local regulations.

Accreditation is granted for collecting, processing, testing, distributing, and administering blood and blood components; hematopoietic progenitor cell activities; cord blood activities; perioperative activities; relationship testing activities; immunohematology reference laboratory activities and Specialist in Blood Banking (SBB) schools.

“As new challenges arise, AABB’s Standards and Accreditation programs continue to advance the field in order to ensure patient and donor safety and care,” said Karen Shoos Lipton, AABB’s chief executive officer. “The 25th Edition of BB/TS Standards incorporates significant milestones, including the implementation of the International Society for Blood Transfusion (ISBT) 128 labeling — a universal method of labeling blood products that will increase tracking capabilities for both national and international use.” 

The 25th Edition of Standards for Blood Banks and Transfusion Services incorporates and requires the use of the ISBT 128 labeling for blood and components, and requires that each accredited facility have implemented the ISBT 128 labeling by May 1, 2008, the effective date of this publication. Other key topics addressed include the use of diversion pouches for platelet collection and testing criteria for West Nile virus. Significant changes from the 24th edition of BB/TS Standards are detailed on the AABB Web site, www.aabb.org.

The 134-page, soft-cover publication features a golden cover to commemorate the 50th anniversary of AABB’s Standards and Accreditation programs. In addition, those purchasing the 25th Edition of BB/TS Standards during the month of March will receive a complimentary reprint of the very first edition while supplies last.

Should editors wish to obtain a complimentary copy of this 25th Edition, please contact Tiffani Collins, +1.301.215.6590 or tcollins@aabb.org.  To view the entire AABB publications catalogue, visit www.aabb.org or call +1.866.222.2498 to speak with a customer service representative.

AABB is the premier publisher for information relevant to the transfusion medicine and cellular therapy field.  Each book in AABB’s distinctive collection has been developed based on AABB’s quality standards and understanding of topics that are of significant interest to professionals involved within the transfusion medicine and cellular therapy community.  

About AABB
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.  AABB membership consists of approximately 1,800 institutions and 8,000 individuals, including physicians, scientists, administrators, medical technologists, nurses, researchers, blood donor recruiters and public relations personnel.  Members are located in all 50 states and 80 countries.


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