The Europe, Middle East, and Africa Technical Advisory Group (EMATAG) expanded its reach to Africa in 2011. The group, formally known as the Middle East and Europe Technical Advisory Group (MEETAG), originally met in 1997 as ETAG (European Technical Advisory Group). 

The purpose of the group is to:  

  • Enhance and expand the ISBT 128 Standard for use with blood components in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa;

  • Provide advice and support to facilities introducing the ISBT 128 Standard;

  • Generate, review, and comment upon proposed changes to the ISBT 128 Standard and its supporting documents;

  • Prepare educational material and tools to support the implementation of ISBT 128; and   

  • Promote the adoption of the ISBT 128 Standard in their region as well as globally. 


An audit tool for ISBT 128 compliance in blood collection and processing facilities is currently being considered.

It was decided that Data Structure 027 (Transfusion Transmitted Infection Marker) will be expanded to include Zika testing.

Regarding proposals:

  • A global numbering system for containers and tubes is currently being discussed in order to increase product safety. This will be addressed in a new proposal.

  • The base label dimension requirements between ICCBBA and Eurobloodpack are not fully consistent. This issue of label size will be addressed in a new proposal.

  • A new proposal is for a Label Unique Identifier Data Structure is currently being discussed.

  • Proposal 16-005 was approved and the allowable characters in the Product Description Code was expanded to accommodate more nationally and locally-assigned codes.

  • Proposal 16-003 was approved and a guidance document for clinical trials products and ISBT 128 is currently being developed to accommodate products that use INN and USAN naming.


Representatives & Technical Experts

  • Muon, Mario – Chair

  • Al-Shaer, Laila

  • Antoniewicz-Papis, Jolanta

  • Arslan, Önder

  • Brazier, Angela

  • Georgsen, Jørgen

  • Goubron, Heidi

  • Gudmundsson, Sveinn

  • Hanstein, Galina

  • Hoentjen, Dinie

  • Kurt, Gerhard

  • Laakso, Teemu

  • Larsson, Stella

  • Lodge, Linda

  • Orlin, Jerry

  • Radwan, Reem Al

  • Salat, Antonio

  • Sidera, Zoe

  • Wagner, Thomas

  • Widerøe Reite, Ingunn


  • Hay, Christian

  • Van den Burg, Peter


  • Alves, Jorge

  • Angue, Michel

  • Auwema, Fred

  • Böcker, Wolfgang

  • Borg-Aquilina, Denise

  • Bratek, Piotr

  • Burgos, Virginia

  • Cetinkaya, Sukru

  • Charalambous, Myria

  • Charbonneau, Manon

  • Csore, Miklos

  • Dell'Orto, Luca

  • Gustafson, Garrett

  • Henry, Stephen

  • Herzberg, Mark

  • Ketari, Kamel

  • Kirimli, Kent

  • Larson, Christie

  • Macias, Elaine

  • Marie, Laurence

  • Mårtensson, Anna

  • Miller, Wayne

  • Morris, Stuart

  • Muircroft, John

  • Nord, Björn

  • Oliveira, Teresa

  • Ongun, Guclu

  • Pereda, Pedro

  • Perry, Andrew

  • Plestrak, Grzegorz

  • Richardson, Sarah

  • Riout, Franck

  • Risopatron, Teresa

  • Roger, Jean-Paul

  • Romanus, Bart

  • Rousselin, Bruno

  • Saez, Mariola

  • Sajot, Stéphane

  • Sandvik, Leif

  • Scerri, Rosanne

  • Simmons, Suzanne

  • Snis, Johan

  • Valletta, Kevin

  • Waurzyniak, Daniel

  • Wray, Bruce

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