Standards Programs

AABB has been setting standards for quality and patient safety for nearly 60 years. AABB’s standards setting activities have evolved with the field, moving from the first Standards for Blood Banks and Transfusion Services to a diverse Standards Program composed of seven distinct sets of Standards.

Learn more about the History of AABB’s Standards Programs.

 Standards for Blood Banks and Transfusion Services

Outlines requirements for donor qualification, blood collection, processing, storage, and transfusion.

Current edition: 30th edition
Effective date: April 1, 2016
Revision cycle: 24 months (April of even numbered years)

Acquiring Standards

The print and Portal versions of the Standards for Blood Banks and Transfusion Services, 30th Edition are available for purchase on the Standards Resources webpage. A free two week trial of the portal version isavailable upon request. Please contact the AABB Standards Department to request your two week free trial at standards@aabb.org .

Standards Development

  • The public comment period has ended for the proposed 31st edition of Standards for Blood Banks and Transfusion Services. The 31st edition will go into effect on April 1, 2018.
  • Summary of significant changes to the 29th edition.
  • Response to Comments - Standards for Blood Banks and Transfusion Services, 30th edition. For a complete look at the significant changes that have been made to the 30th edition, please refer to the Guidance within the Standards Portal.   

 Standards for Cellular Therapy Services

Outlines requirements for the donor eligibility and collection, processing, storage, and administration of any type of cellular therapy product.

Current edition: 8th edition
Effective date: July 1, 2017
Revision cycle: 24 months (July of odd numbered years)

Acquiring Standards

The print and Portal versions of the 8th edition of Standards for Cellular Therapy Services, are available for purchase on the Standards Resources webpage. A free two week trial of the portal version is available upon request. Please contact the AABB Standards Department to request your two week free trial at standards@aabb.org.

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  • The 8th edition of CT Standards is available in the Standards Portal.
  • Responses to Public Comments to the 8th edition of CT Standards.
    For a complete look at the significant changes that have been made to the 8th edition, please refer to the Guidance within the Standards Portal.

 Standards for Immunohematology Reference Laboratories

Outlines requirements for highly specialized laboratories that provide an essential service to patients who have specific serologic complexities and/or need rare blood components.

Current edition: 9th edition
Effective date: January 1, 2016
Revision cycle: 24 months (January of even numbered years)

Acquiring Standards

The print version, Portal versions, and bundle packages of the 9th edition of Standards for Immunohematology Reference Libraries, are available for purchase on the Standards Resources webpage. A free two week trial of the portal version is available upon request. Please contact the AABB Standards Department to request your two week free trial at standards@aabb.org.

Standards Development

  • Immunohematology Reference Laboratories – Inventory Resources, Reference Standards 2.2.A and B.
  • Response to Comments Received to the 9th edition of Standards for Immunohematology Reference Laboratories.
    For a complete look at the significant changes that have been made to the 9th edition, please refer to the Guidance within the Standards Portal.
  • Errata sheet for reference standards 2.2A and 2.2B in the Standards for Immunohematology Reference Laboratories, 9th edition.

 Standards for Molecular Testing for Red Cell, Platelet, and Neutrophil Antigens

Outlines requirements for identifying and predicting red cell, platelet, and neutrophil antigens by molecular methods.

Current edition: 3rd edition
Effective date: October 1, 2016
Revision cycle: 24 months (October of even numbered years)

Acquiring Standards

The print and Standards Portal versions of the 3rd edition of Standards for Molecular Testing for Red Cell, Platelet, and Neutrophil Antigens, are available for purchase on the Standards Resources webpage. A free two week trial of the portal version is available upon request. Please contact the AABB Standards Department to request your two week free trial at standards@aabb.org.

Standards Development

  • Summary of significant changes to the 2nd edition.
  • Response to Comments to the 3rd edition

 Standards for Relationship Testing Laboratories

Outlines requirements for laboratories performing parentage testing and complex relationship testing.

Current edition: 12th edition
Effective date: January 1, 2016
Revision cycle: 24 months (January of even numbered years)

Acquiring Standards

The print version, Portal versions, and bundle packages of the 12th edition of Standards for Relationship Testing Laboratories, are available for purchase on the Standards Resources webpage. A free two week trial of the portal version is available upon request. Please contact the AABB Standards Department to request your two week free trial at standards@aabb.org.

Standards Development

  • Responses to Public Comments to the 12th edition of RT Standards are available.
    For a complete look at the significant changes that have been made to the 12th edition, please refer to the Guidance within the Standards Portal.  

 Standards for Perioperative Autologous Blood Collection and Administration

Outlines requirements for the delivery of perioperative services by a facility’s anesthesiologists, perfusionists, surgeons, transfusionists, and other relevant professionals.

Current edition: 7th edition
Effective date: January 1, 2017
Revision cycle: 24 months (January of odd numbered years)

Acquiring Standards

The print version of the 7th edition of Standards for Perioperative Autologous Blood Collection and Administration, is available for purchase on the Standards Resources webpage. A free two week trial of the portal version is available upon request. Please contact the AABB Standards Department to request your two week free trial at standards@aabb.org

Standards Development

  • Summary of significant changes to the 6th edition.  
  • Response to Comments to the 7th edition

 Standards for a Patient Blood Management Program

Outlines requirements for essential activities of a patient blood management program surrounding patient evaluation and clinical management of those who may or may not require a transfusion. Specific topics include the use of appropriate indications for transfusion, minimization of blood loss, and optimization of patient red cell mass. In recognition of the range of clinical services offered at different hospitals, the Patient Blood Management Standards Program Unit created three program activity levels (Levels 1, 2 and 3). While a small hospital’s program may perform activities described as Level 3, a hospital with a large trauma center might incorporate all activities encompassed by Level 1. The levels do not reflect a hierarchy; they simply acknowledge differences in the structure of the hospital in which the PBM program is located.

Current edition: 1st edition
Effective date: January 1, 2016
Revision cycle: 24 months (January of even numbered years)

Acquiring Standards

The print version, Portal versions, and bundle packages of the 1st edition of Standards for Patient Blood Management, are available for purchase on the Standards Resources webpage. A free two week trial of the portal version is available upon request. Please contact the AABB Standards Department to request your two week free trial at standards@aabb.org.

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