May 15, 2023
AABB is seeking public comment on the proposed draft Standards for Relationship Testing Laboratories, 16th edition, until June 21. A comprehensive description of the many additions and edits in the draft is provided in a summary memo that accompanies the proposed RT Standards.
The proposed 16th edition of Relationship Testing Standards is the first set of Standards to incorporate the updated quality systems essentials that form the basis for all sets of AABB Standards. The updated quality systems essentials provide a one-page piece of guidance before the beginning of each of the 10 chapters.
This guidance includes:
Users should note that these are not requirements that members will be held against. Rather, they are tools to assist users in their understanding of the content of the chapter.
Some of the significant changes in the proposed 16th edition include:
The Relationship Testing Standards Committee encourages all interested individuals to submit comments during the 60-day comment period, which began April 21. The standards in the 16th edition are in the proposed phase and will be finalized after the comment period has concluded. The Committee will review all comments submitted and provide a summary document that describes the Committee’s rationale for its final decisions.