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The Registered Facilities Database Has Been Updated

The Registered Facilities Database has been updated and 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 (FINs). It is available both as an Excel file (Registered Facilities.xlsx) and as a tab delimited text file (Registered Facilities.txt).

Both files are available in the password-protected area of the website. 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—as it appears in the Registered Facilities Database—should match what appears on your FDA registration and/or license. 

13 July 2015


ST-012 ISBT 128 and the Single European Code (SEC) v1.0.0 is Now Available

This document provides specific rules and guidance in the implementation of the SEC for ISBT 128 labeled products. This document also addresses specifications for software developers.

Click here to access the document. 

30 June 2015


Version 6.6.0 of the ISBT 128 Product Description Code Database is Now Available

Version 6.6.0 of the restructured ISBT 128 Product Description Code Database is now available. Click here to download and/or learn more about the database.

New Product Description Codes for – Blood, Cellular Therapy, Fecal Microbiota, In Vivo Diagnostic MPHO, Milk Banking, Ocular, Organ Transplant, Plasma Derivatives, Regenerated Tissue, Reproductive, Tissue, and Topical – products can be requested via their respective request forms found in the Subject Area of the ICCBBA website.

29 June 2015


ICCBBA Board of Directors

ICCBBA is pleased to announce the appointment of two board members, Ineke Slaper-Cortenbach, PhD, and Diane Wilson, BSN, MSN/MHA. Both have a long association with ICCBBA and have previously served on the Board.

These appointments further expand the Board’s expertise in the areas of cellular therapy and tissue transplantation.

19 June 2015


Version 4.6.0 of the Special Testing General Database is Now Available

The Special Testing General database has been updated and is now available to licensed facilities. This database contains the codes used for Data Structure 010 (Special Testing: General), which can be used to indicate special characteristics of a product such as whether it has been phenotyped, the presence of antibodies, CMV antibody status, Hemoglobin S status, etc.

Click here to access the database.

19 May 2015


An Updated License Agreement is Now Available

The ICCBBA License Agreement for use of the ISBT 128 international standard for blood and transplant is now available to view.

The updated Agreement will go into effect 01 June 2015 for new registrations. For registrations prior to 01 June 2015, the new License Agreement will go into effect upon payment of annual license fees in 2016.

Click here to view the updated License Agreement.

14 May 2015


IG-040 Implementation Guide: Use of ISBT 128 in North American Eye Banks v1.0.0 is Now Available

This Implementation Guide is a joint document of the EBAA and ICCBBA for North American eye banks. The document discusses the implementation of ISBT 128 following both the EBAA Medical Standards and the ISBT 128 Standard.

Click here to access the document.

06 May 2015


ICCBBA is Now Accepting Nominations for the 2016 One World Award

ICCBBA is Now Accepting Nominations for the 2016 One World Award! The award acknowledges professionals whose cumulative record in;

  • original research,
  • innovative technical development, and
  • influence in the development of policy and regulation,

demonstrates an important and significant contribution to the understanding and application of international information standards in transfusion and transplantation medicine.

Click here to submit your nomination or to learn more. Nominations will be accepted until 30 Nov 2015.

05 May 2015


Updates to ICCBBA Documents

Five documents dealing with product coding have been updated – these documents include ST-011, IG-020, IG-021, IG-022, and IG-032.

The changes in the documents relate primarily to the new database structure and the ISBT 128 Product Lookup Program. The greatest number of changes are found in Encoding Product Information [Data Structures 003, 032, 033, and 034] - Tissues (IG-020). This document now discusses the use of different data structures for encoding product information.

ICCBBA Documents [e.g., Standards Documents (ST-xxx), Implementation Guidelines (IG-xxx), etc.] can be found here.

15 April 2015


The new ISBT 128 Product Lookup Program is now available

ICCBBA has released a new ISBT 128 Product Lookup Program that can be downloaded by licensed users from the ICCBBA website. This program allows users to search for products across all Categories.

To download and/or learn more about the program, click here.

15 April 2015


IG-028 Implementation Guide: Use of ISBT 128 by North American Tissue Banks v1.3.0 is now available

This Implementation Guide provides information regarding the implementation of ISBT 128 Standard for North American tissue banks. Specifically it provides guidance on:

  • Donation identification numbering
  • Data structures that may be useful to tissue banks
  • Label design options
  • Software design

You can access the document, here

16 March 2015


IG-025 Implementation Guide: US Guidance on Printing Text Associated with Red Cell Antigens v1.0.0 is now available

This Implementation Guide provides information regarding the printing of text and the coding of Red Blood Cell antigen test results on the affixed blood label. While this document applies to US facilities, it does not preclude its use in other countries.

You can access the document, here.

16 March 2015


TB-003 Apheresis Platelets - US Guidance v1.0.0 is now available

This Technical Bulletin provides information regarding ICCBBA’s current understanding for labeling Apheresis Platelets in the US. In addition, the document addresses items not covered in the United States Industry Consensus Standard for the Uniform Labeling of Blood and Blood Components Using ISBT 128, Version 3.0.0.

You can access the document, here.

02 March 2015


TB-002 Assigning a Patient Identification Number v1.0.0 is now available

This Technical Bulletin discusses two mechanisms for assigning patient identification numbers – a globally unique option using the GS1 Global Service Relation Number (GSRN) and a locally assigned number using the ISBT 128 data structure.

You can access the document, here.

24 February 2015


ISBT 128 Technical Specification v5.2.0 Now Available

Version 5.2.0 of the ISBT 128 Technical Specification is now available on the ICCBBA Website. This has replaced version 5.1.0 (published in August 2014).

You can access the document, here.

30 January 2015 


Eye Bank Association of America Medical Advisory

The Eye Bank Association of America's Medical Advisory Board has released a Medical Advisory on November 20th, 2014 that includes changes to the EBAA standards. Changes will become effective January 1st, 2015, except where noted in the advisory.

The full medical advisory can be found, here

17 December 2014


A guidance document on the use of GS1 and ISBT 128 for the unique device identification of medical devices is now available.

GS1 and ICCBBA, working within the terms of an existing Memorandum of Understanding, have developed a document to clarify the appropriate use of the GS1 and ISBT 128 unique device identifiers, and the interfaces between the standards. The information in this document may also be applied to tissues regulated as biologics.

GS1 and ICCBBA Guidance: Identification of medical devices containing an HCT/P in the United States

18 November 2014


ICCBBA One World Award Recipient

ICCBBA is pleased to announce Dr. Edwin A. Steane as the recipient of the 2014 One World Award. Dr. Steane was a pioneer in the development of ISBT 128 and a powerful advocate for global standardization. The award recognizes his vision in identifying the need to improve standards for blood transfusion information technology and for his enthusiasm and determination to achieve a well-structured framework on which future generations of technology developers and transfusion specialists could build. The award will be presented at an evening celebration of the 20th anniversary of ICCBBA to be held on October 26th during the AABB annual meeting.

10 October 2014