The Europe, Middle East, and Africa Technical Advisory Group (EMATAG) expanded its reach to Africa in 2011. The group, formally known as the Middle East and Europe Technical Advisory Group (MEETAG), originally met in 1997 as ETAG (European Technical Advisory Group). 

The purpose of the group is to:  

  • Enhance and expand the ISBT 128 Standard for use with blood components in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa;
  • Provide advice and support to facilities introducing the ISBT 128 Standard;
  • Generate, review, and comment upon proposed changes to the ISBT 128 Standard and its supporting documents;
  • Prepare educational material and tools to support the implementation of ISBT 128; and   
  • Promote the adoption of the ISBT 128 Standard in their region as well as globally. 


EMATAG Activity

  • Members from the blood Technical Advisory Groups are working on a 2D label design for blood products. A proposal is being drafted and will be circulated to the advisory groups for approval in 2014. 
  • Representation from Africa on EMATAG is of importance and will be a focus of the group in 2014.
  • The group met in Amsterdam in 2013 where they discussed ways to promote ISBT 128 specifically in the Middle East and Africa. 


EMATAG Member List

Representatives and Technical Experts

  • Muon, Mario – Chair
  • Al-Shaer, Laila
  • Antoniewicz-Papis, Jolanta
  • Arslan, Önder
  • Brazier, Angela
  • David, Bernard
  • Georgsen, Jørgen
  • Goubron, Heidi
  • Gudmundsson, Sveinn
  • Hanstein, Galina
  • Kurt, Gerhard
  • Laakso, Teemu
  • Larsson, Stella
  • Orlin, Jerry
  • Radwan, Reem Al
  • Reite, Ingunn Wideroe
  • Salat, Antonio
  • Sidera, Zoe
  • Vonk, Jelle
  • Wagner, Thomas


  • Aranko, Kari
  • Hay, Christian


  • Andresen, Morten
  • Böcker, Wolfgang
  • Borg-Aquilina, Denise
  • Brands, Karin
  • Bratek, Piotr
  • Burgos, Virginia
  • Cetinkaya, Sukru
  • Csore, Miklos
  • Dell'Orto, Luca
  • Deming, Roger
  • Fleegle, Bill
  • Gauch, Pascal
  • Henry, Stephen
  • Herzberg, Mark
  • Ioannou, Yiota
  • Ketari, Kamel
  • Kirimli, Kent
  • Larson, Christie
  • Lodge, Linda
  • Macias, Elaine
  • Mårtensson, Anna
  • Miller, Wayne
  • Morris, Stuart
  • Muircroft, John
  • Newton, John
  • Nord, Björn
  • Ongun, Guclu
  • Pereda, Pedro
  • Perry, Andrew
  • Plestrak, Grzegorz
  • Riout, Franck
  • Saez, Mariola
  • Sajot, Stéphane
  • Sandvik, Leif
  • Skagestad, Renny
  • Spizzirri, Amy
  • Valletta, Kevin
  • Wray, Bruce