The Americas Technical Advisory Group (ATAG) was established in 1994. Its purpose is to advise ICCBBA on the needs of users in the Americas. 

The ATAG membership is drawn from experts and representatives in the field of transfusion medicine working in the Americas in facilities that are licensed with ICCBBA.

In addition to voting members, liaisons attend ATAG meetings. Liaisons are from regulatory authorities and organizations with an interest in the ISBT 128 Standard.

Vendors and others interested in the work of the group may attend meetings as observers at the discretion of the chairperson.


ATAG continues to work on revising the IG-002 United States Industry Consensus Standard for the Uniform Labeling of Blood and Blood Components Using ISBT 128. The draft version 4.0.0 document will be circulated for public comment with a 6-week comment period.


The group may be considering how it can contribute to a larger external project on developing a national inventory status, and the role in which the ISBT 128 Standard could play in establishing it.


ICCBBA has published the following electronic messaging documents: ST-020 – ISBT 128 Standard for XML Electronic Messaging; ST-026 – ISBT 128 Standard for the Medical Products of Human Origin (MPHO) Unique Identifier; ST-027 – ISBT 128 Dictionary of Standard Data Elements; IG-048 – Implementation Guide: MPHO Unique Identifier.


ATAG plans to meet on a quarterly basis and engage its members on a more frequent basis.



  • Suzanne Butch


  • Chester Alexander - Department of Defense

  • Donald Gironne -

  • Wanda Lefresne - Canadian Blood Services

  • Maria Locher - American Red Cross

  • Lucinda Olivio - America's Blood Centers

  • Mary Plut - America's Blood Centers (Alt.)

  • Jessica Poisson - AABB IS Committee

Technical Experts

  • Kathleen Hopping

  • Carrie VanStedum

  • Robin Wilkinson


  • Francisca Agbanyo - Health Canada

  • Barbara Peoples - U.S. Food and Drug Administration

  • Patricia Weddington - U.S. Food and Drug Administration (Alt.)


  • Travis Berry

  • Geoff Browne

  • Troy Campbell

  • Tina Chavez

  • Ashley Davis

  • Jeff Dragoo

  • John Gorowsky

  • Helmut Hanske

  • Brenda Heiman

  • Nancy Luckemeyer

  • Kent Kirimli

  • Brian Kirkpatrick

  • John Kling

  • Carolina Lied Sanabia

  • Ben Marchlewicz

  • Gilles Polnicky

  • Neal Rowland

  • Stephane Sajot

  • Susan Tibedo

  • Renae Weaver

  • Leif Sandvik

  • Laurie Sapp

  • Marsha Senter

  • Tiffiney Teo

  • Daniel Waurzyniak

  • Elan Weiner

  • Bruce Wray

ICCBBA Staff Liaison

  • Erwin Cabana