Glossary

Commonly Used Terms in Blood Banking

AABB Standards

Commonly used name for a publication from AABB formally known as “Standards for Blood Banks and Transfusion Services.” The requirements listed in this little book are those under which all AABB-accredited facilities must operate. “Standards” (to use an even shorter name) is currently in its 31st edition (as of April 1, 2018). AABB member facilities are inspected every two years by trained volunteers based on the practices outlined in Standards. In general, the standards found here are in agreement with those from the FDA Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), but there are more industry-specific guidelines outlined in Standards than in the CFR. Should there ever be disagreement between the two, blood establishments will generally adhere to the stricter of the two guidelines.

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