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Requirements for transfusion laboratory practice (Fifth Edition)

This standard outlines practice standards that assure the safety, quality and efficacy of transfusion testing, associated transfusion laboratory practice, and non-transfusion related blood group immunohaematology testing. 

Requirements for transfusion laboratory practice (Fifth Edition) is currently in use.

The Requirements for Transfusion Laboratory Practice are for use by laboratories providing pre-transfusion and antenatal and post-natal immunohaematology testing and issuing of blood and blood products. They are also for use in patient testing where it is conducted by the Australian Red Cross Blood Service. Additional requirements are applicable for testing of donor blood specimens.

This document was published by the National Pathology Accreditation Advisory Council (NPAAC) whilst under the governance of the Department of Health and Aged Care. From 1 July 2021, the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (the Commission) assumed responsibility for coordinating the National Pathology Accreditation (NPA) Scheme and supporting the development of the pathology accreditation standards. 

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Requirements for transfusion laboratory practice (Fifth Edition)

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Key changes - Requirements for transfusion laboratory practice, March 2023

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