Milk Banking

Overview

This section contains ISBT 128 information relevant to milk banking.

In 2010 colleagues from the Yorkhill milk bank in Glasgow, Scotland and the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service started working together to devise a more secure means of identifying human milk donations. They proposed using ISBT 128 and contacted ICCBBA to discuss how this could be supported.

Following discussions with its technical advisory groups, ICCBBA agreed that the ISBT 128 Standard could be extended to cover milk banking, and the Scottish team moved forward with designing a milk banking IT system based on ISBT 128. A pilot of this system was completed successfully, and the system is now live.

A number of other countries have expressed an interest in improving the identification of milk donations using ISBT 128.

Currently the Milk Banking Technical Advisory Group (MBTAG) is working on standardized nomenclature for human milk products.