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The Asia Pacific Technical Advisory Group (APTAG) was established in 2007. Its purpose is to advise ICCBBA on the needs of users in the Asia Pacific Region.

The chairman of the group is Wayne Bolton of Australia. The Membership comprises one representative from each country in the Asia Pacific area with an ICCBBA registered blood or tissue facility. The representatives are appointed by their countries.

In addition to members, liaisons attend meetings. Liaisons are from regulatory authorities or other groups interested in ISBT 128.

Other persons interested in the work of the APTAG may attend meetings as observers at the discretion of the chairperson.

Summary of Recent Activity

APTAG last met in November 2011, where they discussed ways to promote the use and knowledge of ISBT 128 in Asia and the Pacific regions. They concluded that people should reach out to the blood center leadership to spread the word about ISBT 128.

APTAG has since played an active role in the proposal process. Some recent proposals that members have voted on include:

• 16-005: Expansion of Allowable Characters for Data Structure 003
• 16-002: Division Characters for Solvent Detergent Pooled Plasma Products
• 16-001: Manufacturers Data File Container Identification Character

Meeting Info

No face-to-face meetings are currently scheduled for APTAG.

TAG Members


• Wayne Bolton


• Mark Bevan – New Zealand Blood Service
• Tony Carpinter – New Zealand Blood Service
• Hoo Chai – Macao Blood Transfusion Service
• Wong Cheng – Macao Blood Transfusion Service
• Yu Gao – Shanghai Blood Center
• Tan Hwee Huang – Blood Services Group
• Shu Pei Huey – Blood Services Group
• Lai Lai Kuan – Macao Blood Transfusion Service
• Li Xiu Mei – Shanghai Blood Center
• Ling-jen Twu – Taiwan Blood Services Foundation Director of Information System Dept.
• Tsoi Wai-Chiu – Hong Kong Red Cross Blood Transfusion Services
• Yong Ming Zhu – Shanghai Blood Center
• Ziyan Zhu – Shanghai Blood Center

Technical Experts

• N/A


• Kent Kirimli
• Heather Reddy
• Leif Sandvik
• C.C. Sim
• John Tan
• Daniel Waurzyniak
• Bruce Wray


• N/A

ICCBBA Staff Liaison

• Erwin Cabana

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