The Accreditation Program promotes the highest standard of care for patients and donors in all aspects of blood banking, transfusion, cellular therapies, and relationship testing. The AABB supports high standards for medical, technical and administrative performance, scientific investigation, clinical application and education. The resulting Accreditation Program specifically assesses quality systems and operational areas for compliance with Standards. This independent assessment of operations assists in preparation for other inspections, and serves as a valuable tool to improve both compliance and operations. The program offers both educational and peer review opportunities. Accreditation is recognized at both a national and international level. The Accreditation Program itself is accredited by the International Society for Quality (ISQua).
For those interested in pursuing AABB Accreditation who would like more information regarding the program, please click here to receive more information.
Accreditation Phases and Expectations
- There are two phases to achieving AABB accreditation for the first time.
- Once accredited, a facility goes through the accreditation process (on-site assessment phase) every two years.
- The expectations of an AABB assessment are that all standards are addressed in policies, processes and procedures (PPP's), and that PPP's are followed as written.
Steps in Preparing for Accreditation
- Read all the information and links on this page.
- Purchase the Standards appropriate for the activity(ies) of interest to determine your facility's level of compliance.
- Contact the AABB Accreditation Department at (+1.301.215.6492) to speak to a technical specialist or email
- Speak with facilities who are accredited for the activity(ies) for which accreditation is desired.
- Once your facility is prepared for accreditation, proceed to Step One below.
*** PLEASE NOTE THAT A FACILITY MUST BE IN OPERATION FOR A MINIMUM OF 6 MONTHS (in the desired activity) BEFORE THE INITIAL ACCREDITATION PROCESS CAN BEGIN ***
Starting the Initial Accreditation Process
Decide on which
AABB Accredited Activity(ies) to pursue and submit the information requested in a, b and c below to
- Locations Table - Lists what types of activities are performed at which locations.
- Additional information for activities listed after each bullet below:
ISBT 128 Labeling Questionnaire (MS Word): blood banks, blood donor centers, transfusion facilities, and cell therapy facilities (i.e. cord blood, HPC, somatic cell)
Infectious Disease Testing Questionnaire (MS Word): blood banks, blood donor centers, transfusion facilities, and cell therapy facilities (i.e. cord blood, HPC, somatic cell)
Cord Blood Questionnaire (MS Word): cord blood facilities
Relationship Facility Questionnaire (MS Word): relationship facilities
- Additional information on facility individuals who will be involved in the accreditation process:
This information is used to determine a facility's eligibility to pursue AABB accreditation and define complex dues issues. A member of the AABB accreditation department will review the submissions and contact the interested party via email.
The AABB Membership will send an invoice via email to the facility.
Upon receipt of the invoice from the Membership Department, pay AABB Institutional Membership Dues.
- Dues are paid annually and cover from January 1 to December 31.
- To begin with, dues apply to the initial accreditation phase. When the initial accreditation phase is complete, the dues apply towards the on-site assessment.
- Once accredited, the annual dues apply towards maintaining accreditation.
Upon receipt of membership dues a member of the Accreditation Department will send instructions for the performance of the self-assessment.
- See the
initial accreditation process description for subsequent steps.
- Once the initial accreditation process is completed, a facility starts the on-site accreditation process described in the
accreditation process description.
- Once accredited, a facility has an on-site assessment every 2 years.
- The majority of facilities complete both the initial self-assessment phase and the on-site assessment phase in 1 – 2 years and achieve AABB accreditation. Much of this will depend on the readiness of the facility when they begin the process, the knowledge of their staff, and the amount of time and resources available to work on the AABB accreditation process. In some instances this timeframe will be shorter and in other instances it will be longer.
- The self-assessment phase is an e-assessment. The e-assessment may require more work on the facility's part than the on-site assessment.
***PLEASE NOTE THAT ADVERTISING ANY RELATIONSHIP TO AABB IS NOT PERMITTED UNTIL THE FACILITY/NEW ACTIVITY BECOMES ACCREDITED AND RECEIVES THEIR AABB CERTIFICATE***
Questions may be directed to Karen Whilden at +1.301.215.6549 or firstname.lastname@example.org or the Accreditation Department at +1.301.215.6492 or