Blood Documents

IN-003 ISBT 128 for Blood Components, An Introduction Ed 3 - PDF

This document provides an overview of the ISBT 128 Standard and how it applies to blood products. It also describes the elements needed to achieve standardization and how the standard is used to encode information into machine-readable form. If you are an ISBT 128 “beginner”, or you have never heard of the standard and would like to know more about it, we encourage you to take a look at this document.


ST-005 ISBT 128 Standard Labeling of Blood Components v1.0.0 - PDF 

This document provides a guideline for ISBT 128 labeling of blood components. Greater detail is given for labeling than that provided in the Technical Specification.


IG-012 Technical Bulletin 9: Blood Bag Identification Using ISBT 128 and GS1 v1.0.0 - PDF

This document provides guidance on how GS1 carton codes and ISBT 128 can be mapped through the use of the manufacturers data file. Such mapping allows facilities to monitor blood container inventories.


IG-021 Implementation Guide: Use of Product Code Data Structure [003] - Blood v1.0.0 - PDF

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The purpose of this document is to provide detailed information regarding ISBT 128 product coding for Blood. Specifically, it explains:

  • the Product Code [Data Structure 003] in detail,
  • the structure of the Product Description Codes Database,
  • how to select an appropriate Product Description Code, and
  • how to request new Product Description Codes.


ISBT 128 Conversion Plan - DOC

AABB Standards required that each accredited facility have a plan to convert to ISBT 128, documented by November 1, 2006. This document outlines a simple conversion plan.