WHAT IS ISBT 128?
ISBT 128 is the global standard for the terminology, identification, coding and labeling of medical products of human origin (including blood, cell, tissue, milk, and organ products). It is used in more than 87 countries across six continents and disparate health care systems. It is widely endorsed by the professional community.
The standard has been designed to ensure the highest levels of accuracy, safety, and efficiency for the benefit of donors and patients worldwide. ISBT 128 provides international consistency to support the transfer, traceability and transfusion/transplantation of blood, cells, tissues and organs.
KEY USES OF ISBT 128
Globally Unique Donation Identification Numbering allows for forward and backward traceability for all Medical Products of Human Origin.
Vigilance & Surveillance
Internationally standardized terminology and product coding can be incorporated into vigilance and surveillance tools to assist with global data sharing
Loss of critical product information is minimized when products are transferred from one facility to another, including internationally.
A NON-STATE ACTOR IN OFFICIAL RELATIONS WITH THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION
ICCBBA, the international standards organization responsible for the management and development of the ISBT 128 Standard, is a not-for-profit non-State actor in official relations with the World Health Organization (WHO). For more information, please view ICCBBA's press release.
The acronym ISBT was originally derived from the important role played by the International Society of Blood Transfusion in the development of the standard. Today it expands as Information Standard for Blood and Transplant. The number 128 reflects the 128 characters of the ISO/IEC 646 7-bit character set.
The acronym ICCBBA is derived from the International Council for Commonality in Blood Banking Automation.