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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.

Summary of Recent Activity

The group discussed the role of ISBT 128 beyond labeling. The role of ISBT 128 beyond labeling includes standardized terminology, reference tables, and standardized electronic messages for the transfer of MPHO product information from one facility to another.

Proposal 18-001 MPHO Unique Identifier OID for Table RT042 was approved and the group discussed the background on Object Identifiers (OIDs). These OIDs can be used in electronic messages such as HL7 messages. The ISBT 128-defined OIDs are listed and defined in the ISBT 128 reference Table RT042.

The group discussed creating an International Blood TAG. The blood products category is the only area that currently does not have a TAG dedicated to the global focus on blood. The regional blood TAGs (such as EMATAG) would continue to have a regional focus while the International Blood TAG would focus on issues such as standardized terminology. This standardization can facilitate the process of shipping products from country to country.

Meeting Info

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

TAG Members


• Mario Muon


• Laila Al-Shaer - UAE
• Jolanta Antoniewicz-Papis - Poland
• Önder Arslan - Turkey
• Heidi Goubran - Egypt
• Sveinn Gudmundsson - Iceland
• Galina Hanstein - Estonia
• Dinie Hoentjen - The Netherlands
• Gerhard Kurt - Switzerland
• Linda Lodge - United Kingdom
• Jerry Orlin - Israel
• Reem Al Radwan - Kuwait
• Zoe Sidera - Cyprus
• Kevin Valletta - Malta

Technical Experts

• Jørgen Georgsen
• Stella Larsson
• Antonio Salat


• Michael Angue
• Fred Auwema
• Simon Boddy
• Denise Borg-Aquilina
• Piotr Bratek
• Stephen Henry
• Kent Kirimli
• Raj Kumar
• Laurence Marie
• Anna Mårtensson
• Wayne Miller
• Stuart Morris
• John Muircroft
• Björn Nord
• Teresa Oliveira
• Heather Reddy
• Sarah Richardson
• Jean-Paul Roger
• Bart Romanus
• Bruno Rousselin
• Stephane Sajot
• Leif Sandvik
• Rosanne Scerri
• Daniel Waurzyniak
• Will Willman
• Bruce Wray


• EBA - European Blood Alliance
• Christian Hay - GS1

ICCBBA Staff Liaison

• Erwin Cabana

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