Organ Transplant


This section contains ISBT 128 information relevant to human organ products. 

In 2013, ICCBBA introduced terminology for organs as a result of the Standardization of Organ Nomenclature Globally (SONG) Project established by the World Health Organization in collaboration with ICCBBA.

The SONG project comes in response to the World Health Assembly resolution WHA 63.22 on Human Organ and Tissue Transplantation that urges Member States to collaborate in collecting data including adverse events and reactions on the practices, safety, quality, efficacy, epidemiology and ethics of donation and transplantation; and encourages the implementation of globally consistent coding systems for human cells, tissues and organs as such in order to facilitate national and international traceability of materials of human origin for transplantation.¹

According to the WHO, ISBT 128 is the sole global standard for the identification and coding of medical products of human origin. It supports global governance by providing a donation numbering system that ensures globally unique identification. It is built upon internationally agreed terminology published in the ISBT 128 Standard Terminology which is a publically available document.²

WHO and ICCBBA have had a joint work program since 2011 and the status of NGO in official relations with WHO was conferred on ICCBBA at the WHO Executive Board Meeting on 25 Jan 2014.

ICCBBA encourages organ transplant programs to move forward with implementation of ISBT 128. For more information, including guidance and support, contact our office.