Quality Management


Defining quality systems in blood transfusion medicine and promoting education and training in Quality Management

Quality management in blood transfusion consists of continuous improvement of the quality of all processes and products related to blood transfusion: donation, production of blood components and the transfusion itself. The efficacy, safety and efficiency of these processes require the use of Good Manufacturing Practice Guidelines and Standard Operating Procedures. Quality management in blood transfusion covers all elements of the blood supply chain from blood collection to the transfusion of the patient. For all processes in blood collection, quality indicators should be defined, monitored, collated, analyzed, reported and finally implemented.


We offer quality support world-wide in order to reach the optimal level of quality in blood transfusion medicine. We set up key performance parameters (Quality Indicators) aiming for harmonization of definitions related to quality management via bench marking. A data base has been implemented to assess Quality Management Systems globally. To set up minimum quality standards for Blood Services, we collaborate and share information with different organizations. In order to facilitate contributions by its members, we have initiated subgroups (SG) for the following activities:

·         SG1: Database (survey) on quality management standards and criteria

·         SG2: Quality indicators for blood establishments

·         SG3: Harmonization of definitions in quality management

·         SG4: Training and education



Our Chairperson is Christian Seidl.


We meet at ISBT congresses and maintain a database, analyze and publish the results on a regular basis. We present our data at ISBT Academy Sessions as an educational tool for quality improvements. We also share and compare data with other ISBT Working Parties in particular with the WP on Haemovigilance.

The subgroups are coordinated by members of the working party and communicate via conference call, internet or in person. The results of each subgroup are biannually discussed with the working party board and are presented during the annual working party meetings.

Joining the WP

All ISBT members who are interested in Quality Affairs are able to join this WP. To join this WP, please email our Chairperson.


Subgroups – Survey Platform

SG1: Database (survey) on quality management standards and criteria

The survey on quality management standards and criteria used world-wide aims to collect

information on the key elements in quality management including inspection standards.

Participants of this survey are invited either via the working party directly or via cooperating organizations.

For further information, please contact Christian Seidl.

SG2: Quality indicators for blood establishments

The survey on quality indicators is based on a selected list of quality indicators defined by the working party in order to assist blood services world-wide, which wish to improve or standardize their quality measurements.

The list of quality indicators has been cross-checked with the ISBT Working Party on Haemovigilance (WP-HV)

For further information, please contact Tomislav Vuk.   



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Watch the webcast on Quality Monitoring

Follow this link to visit ISBT Education and watch the webcast with Christian Seidl. The talk was recorded at the 28th Regional Congress of the ISBT in Guangzhou. 


Christian Seidl

Christian Seidl


DRK Blutspendedienst Baden Wurttemberg
Frankfurt am Main, Germany