Table 2.1 Major Organizations Comprising the Blood Supply System and Their Functions

Organization

Function

Federal Agencies

 

Department of Health and Human Services

Direction and oversight

Public Health Service

Direction and oversight

Food and Drug Administration

Regulation and review

Center for Biologics Evaluation and Review Blood Products Advisory Committee

Regulation, review, and research scientific advice

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Surveillance, investigation, and information dissemination

National Institutes of Health

Biomedical research

Blood Collection Organizations

 

American Red Cross

Blood collection and supply, research

Community blood banks

Blood collection and supply, information exchange

Hospital blood banks

Blood collection and patient care

For-Profit

 

Plasma fractionation industry

Plasma collection and supply, manufacturing, research

Professional and Trade Associations

 

American Association of Blood Banks

Representing blood collection and transfusion services organizations, standard setting (inspection and accreditation program), and education

American Blood Resources Association

Advocacy for plasma fractionation industry, education



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