AABB Adds English- and Spanish-Language Versions of the Fundamental Standards for Blood Collection and Transfusion to Standards Portal

June 16, 2021

AABB’s Fundamental Standards for Blood Collection and Transfusion (Fundamentals) and Estándares Fundamentales para Recolección y Transfusión de Sangre (Fundamentales) are now available in the AABB Standards Portal, the Association’s online home for the Standards for which AABB provides voluntary accreditation. The Portal version of the Fundamentals and Fundamentales provides users online access to the edition for free. The Portal versions also contain live links to cross-referenced standards and offer the ability to print and download the Fundamentals and Fundamentales at any time for offline review and work. 

The Fundamentals and Fundamentales provide a first step towards implementing a quality-systems-based approach to blood banks and transfusion services. The Fundamentals and Fundamentales are based on the quality system essentials that form the framework of all AABB Standards. In the coming months, a quality certificate program based on the Fundamentals will be made available for facilities/programs outside of the United States in both English and Spanish. To participate in the quality certificate program, interested facilities/programs will participate in a desk assessment of their policies, processes and procedures with an assigned AABB specialist who will work with a representative of the facility/program to ensure conformance with the Fundamentals. 

Individuals with questions may contact standards@aabb.org