Managing Blood and Blood Product Inventory - Acknowledgements and References


The National Blood Authority would like to acknowledge the contributions of the following organisations to the development of these Guidelines:

  • Hunter Area Pathology Service, New South Wales
  • National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA)
  • South Australian Department of Health, BloodMove Program
  • Tasmanian Department of Health, Tasmanian Blood Product Network
  • Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA)


Managing Blood and Blood Product Inventory - Guidelines for Australian Health Providers has been endorsed by:

  • Australian & New Zealand Society of Blood Transfusion Ltd (ANZSBT)
  • The Royal College of Pathologists of Australia (RCPA)

The guideline is supported by:

  • National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA)


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  15. National Association of Testing Laboratories Technical Note 17 - June 2012. Guidelines for the validation and verification of quantitative and qualitative test methods. (2012).at < >
  16. Provincial Blood Coordinating Program Standard operating procedure for the use of log tag analysers as part of the inter-hospital transfer program within the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador using the Golden Hour 24 / 2 shipping container. (Newfoundland Labrador, 2012).at <>
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  18. Council of Europe Guide to the Preparation , Use and Quality Assurance of Blood Components. 16th Edition. (Directorate for the Quality of Medicines & HealthCare of the Council of Europe (EDQM): Strasbourg, France, 2011).at < >

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