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Version 4.23.0 of the Product Description Code Database Now Available
Version 4.23.0 of the ISBT 128 Product Description Code Database is now available to licensed facilities. The new database can be downloaded as a Microsoft Access database or as Text file tables.
New product codes for Cellular Therapy, Blood, Ocular, Milk Tissues, and Other Therapies can be requested via their respective request forms found on the ICCBBA website. You must be logged in to view the request forms.
09 May 2013
Registered Facilities Database is Now Available
An updated facility identification database is now available to licensed facilities. The database contains the names and locations of all ICCBBA registered facilities worldwide and their assigned facility identification numbers. It is available both as an Excel file (collection_facilities.xls) and as a tab delimited Text file (collection_facilities.txt).
Both documents are available in the password-protected area of the web site. Amendments to entries in these tables should be notified to the ICCBBA office. (For US facilities registered and/or licensed with the FDA, the name and location of your facility should match what appears on your FDA registration or license.) View it here.
08 May 2013
US Consensus for Blood v3.0.0 Draft Y Now Available
The US Consensus v3.0.0 Draft Y is a available to the public. The US Consensus for blood has been resubmitted to the FDA for their review on 29 March 2013.
29 March 2012
Read ICCBBA's Guest Blog about the use of ISBT 128 for Unique Device Identification (UDI)
This guest blog was contributed by ICCBBA's Technical Director Pat Distler. It explains how ISBT 128 will play in successful implementation of UDI.
Those who use ISBT 128 for Tissues may find particular interest in this blog post.
Read ICCBBA's recent blog post featured on The Healthcare Hub.
21 March 2013
CTCLAG SEEKS COMMENTS ON DRAFT TERMINOLOGY
The Cellular Therapy Coding and Labeling Advisory Group (CTCLAG) was asked to reconsider the use of “TC” (therapeutic cells) terminology because of concerns that a number of products with this designation do not have “obvious” therapeutic benefit. CTCLAG is proposing to update terminology with the intent of accommodating current users by minimizing the amount of change and aligning with fields such as tissue banking.
*The comment period ended 15 March 2013 however, the terminology is still available for review.
To view more information regarding the change, click here.
17 January 2013
INFORMATION STANDARDS SPECIALIST JOB OPENING
ICCBBA is seeking a self motivated, well organized individual that is able to work alone and as a member of a team to join our technical department. The prerequisites are a BS or equivalent in natural science, information management, or related disciplines. We would prefer someone with technical writing experience and, ideally someone who has worked in the transfusion or transplantation field and/or a quality department.
To learn more about this exciting opportunity and how to apply, click here.
15 January 2013
New Ocular Tissues Documents Available
ICCBBA has released two new documents. These documents provide support for the use of ISBT 128 for tissues.
Standard Labeling - Ocular
ISBT 128 Standard Labeling of Ocular Tissues v1.0.0 - File Size 494 kB
This document provides a labeling guideline for ISBT 128 Ocular Tissues. Greater detail is given for labeling than that provided in the Technical Specification.
Use of Product Code Data Structure  - Ocular Tissues
*You must be logged on to view this document.
The purpose of this document is to provide detailed information about ISBT 128 product coding for Ocular Tissues Products. Specifically, it explains:
• the Product Code Data Structure  in detail,
• the structure of the data base that supports the product description code,
• how to select an appropriate product description code, and
• how to request new product description codes.
18 December 2012
New Tissues Introductory Booklet
ICCBBA has released a new version of the ISBT 128 for Tissues introductory booklet. This booklet provides a basic overview of the ISBT 128 Standard for Tissues products.
View the booklet here.
18 December 2012
Technical Specification v 4.4.0. Now Available
Version 4.4.0 of the ISBT 128 Technical Specification is now available on the ICCBBA Website. This will replace version 4.3.0 published in September 2012. The major changes in this version:
- Added "M9" codes (M9000 to M9999) to indicate codes for topical products.
- Added "N" codes for Organ products
- Added "R" codes for Reproductive products
View it here
18 December 2012
Eurocet128 Project Frequently Asked Questions
Eurocet 128 is a Service Contract that has been awarded by Sanco to a consortium of 3 organisations. The consortium includes:
- The Italian National Transplant Centre, which maintains the Eurocet Registry;
- ICCBBA, which maintains the ISBT 128 coding standard for human substances, and
- Artman Technologies, a software company
The objective is to build 2 reference compendia to support the
application of the Single European Coding System for tissues and cells.
27 November 2012
New Version of the US Consensus for Cellular Therapy Now Available
Version 1.2.0 of the United States Consensus Standard for the Uniform Labeling of Cellular Therapy Products Using ISBT 128 is now available.
View the document here.
Global Harmonization of Nomenclature and Traceability
The World Health Organization and ICCBBA held a joint workshop in August 2012 to develop a strategy to achieve the World Health Assembly objective of a globally consistent coding systems for human cells, tissues and organs. See the statement released from the workshop here.
View the full statement here.
28 September 2012
A New Version of the AATB/ICCBBA Interim Guidance is Now Available
The purpose of this document is to provide guidance on the implementation of the ISBT 128 Standard for tissues to those banks that are moving forward with the introduction of ISBT 128. Specifically it provides guidance on:
- Donation identification numbering
- Phased implementation of product coding
- Expiration date
- Label design
- Software design
Version 1.2.0 is now available
View it here
04 September 2012
New Blood Documents Available
ICCBBA has just release two new blood documents. These documents were developed to replace the Product Code Structure and Labeling document.
*Both documents are available to registered users who are current on their Annual License Fee.
This document provides a labeling guideline for ISBT 128 Blood components. Greater detail is given for labeling than that provided in the Technical Specification.
This will in part replace the labeling aspect of the Product Code Structure and Labeling Document.
The purpose of this document is to provide detailed information about ISBT 128 product coding for tissues. Specifically, it explains:
- the Product Code Data Structure  in detail,
- the structure of the data base that supports the product description code,
- how to select an appropriate product description code, and
- how to request new product description codes.
This will in part replace the Product Code Structure aspect of the Product Code Structure and Labeling Document.