The AABB operates a voluntary accreditation system in which most blood collection and transfusion organizations participate. The AABB accreditation program involves a biannual inspection by AABB volunteers. The AABB Inspection and Accreditation (I&A) program was initiated in 1958. The I&A program is designed to assist directors of blood banks and transfusion services in determining that knowledge, equipment, and physical plant meet established requirements. It is also a means for detecting deficiencies in practices and provides, when needed, consultation for their correction. The I&A program provides recognition through accreditation to those institutions functioning in accordance with existing published requirements of the AABB. While increased safety in obtaining and transfusing human blood and components is the major intent and benefit of the I&A program, certain ancillary benefits such as assistance in medico-legal problems may result. Inspection and accreditation by the AABB is a prerequisite for institutional membership in the association and for full participation in the AABB National Blood Exchange Program.
The Council of Community Blood Centers (CCBC) is an association of independent (non-ARC) not-for-profit community blood centers that serves the public by assisting its members in providing excellence in blood and related health services. The association was established in 1962 by the directors of six community blood centers who recognized the need for an organization that would represent the common interests of not-for-profit community blood programs and would provide a national forum to address the unique needs in the field of blood center operations. Its policies are determined by a board of trustees comprised of one voting representative from each institutional member.
Efforts to meet the goals of safety, quality, and efficiency in blood services are accomplished through a variety of activities and services that are developed and managed by volunteers. These efforts include group purchasing of supplies, services, and liability insurance; increasing volunteer blood donation; effective sharing of blood resources; strengthening of blood center management skills and the scope of services provided to the community; training programs to assure compliance with federal regulations; assuring fair and balanced resolution of disputes between blood centers and the public they serve; influencing federal and state regulations and policies; and promoting needed research and development in the blood services area.
The CCBC also promotes information exchange between members of operational practices, new programs, policies, and ideas through surveys,