Definitions of Use and User Categories
Definitions of Use
Use is defined as the reading, storing, interpreting, transferring, printing, and/or other manipulation of ISBT 128 data identifiers, data structures, and/or databases by electronic means.
Collection Facilities (Special Status):
Use is limited to the human-readable use of ISBT 128 Donation Identification Numbers (DINs) and Product Codes. This excludes the use of ISBT 128 data structures in electronic-readable formats such as bar codes, RFID tags, etc.
Transfusion and Laboratory Services:
These are facilities that do not collect or recover products, but only store and distribute blood, cell, and/or tissue products. Use is defined as application of ISBT 128 labels. This encompasses facilities that modify, pool, or aliquot products, and label these products with ISBT 128 data structures.
A facility may also wish to register and pay licensing fees in order to receive all ISBT 128 databases, documents, and updates and have access to password restricted areas of the ICCBBA website where such information is maintained.
The license fee for transfusion services is maintained as low as possible to encourage such facilities to maintain regular contact with ICCBBA, and remain fully informed about updates and changes to the ISBT 128 Standard.
Software Developers and Other Technology or Health Care Vendors:
Use is defined as the writing of software or provision of instrumentation that assists in the reading, storing, interpreting, transferring, printing, and/or other manipulation of ISBT 128 data identifiers, data structures and/or databases, or the provision of any product bearing an ISBT 128 data structure (e.g., bar code, RFID tag, etc.) or any part thereof.
A vendor providing software to customers that processes and/or outputs ISBT 128 data structures. This category includes, inter alia: blood establishment computer system vendors; vendors of information management systems for MPHO facilities; and on-demand label printing system vendors.
A vendor who provides pre-printed labels carrying ISBT 128 data structures.
Application Service Provider:
A vendor who provides a service via a software application that utilizes ISBT 128 reference tables (FIN database, Product Database), but does not receive, process or output ISBT 128 data structures
A vendor who provides products that use ISBT 128 data structures. This category includes, inter alia: vendors of containers that carry ISBT 128 data structures; and vendors of testing equipment that receive and manipulate ISBT 128 data structures.
Vendor Combined Software and Other:
A vendor who meets the criteria of a software vendor and also provides non-software products/services that use ISBT 128.
A vendor who provides consultancy services related to the implementation and/or use of ISBT 128; and wishes to have access to ISBT 128 databases, documents, and help desk services.