ICCBBA is an international Non-State actor in official relations with the World Health Organization (WHO) that manages, develops, and licenses ISBT 128; the international information standard for the terminology, coding and labeling of medical products of human origin. ICCBBA manages the allocation of globally unique identifiers to licensed facilities and maintains the ISBT 128 Standard, international databases for Facility Identification Numbers and Product Description Codes, supporting documentation, and educational materials.

In its efforts to maintain and enhance the ISBT 128 Standard, ICCBBA brings together experts from clinical, scientific, technical, and informatics backgrounds, representatives from scientific and professional societies, and observers from regulatory authorities and industry to review and update the ISBT 128 Standard to ensure it continues to meet the needs of its users.

ICCBBA has a collaborative work program with the World Health Organization in support of the recommendations on globally consistent coding specified in World Health Assembly Resolution WHA63.22 and the WHO initiative for medical products of human origin.

ICCBBA is a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the US Internal Revenue Code. These regulations stipulate that the organization cannot be organized or operated for the benefit of private interests, and no part of the organization's net earnings may inure to the benefit of any private shareholder or individual. Within its Articles of Association, ICCBBA is required to be organized and operated exclusively for charitable, scientific, and educational purposes. 

ICCBBA's Board of Directors and members of its Technical Advisory Groups (TAGs) are volunteers who give freely of their time and effort. ICCBBA has a small staff who manages the technical documentation and databases, promote and support the global implementation of the standard, organize technical meetings, and administer registration and licensing.

How Is ICCBBA Funded?

ICCBBA operations are funded entirely from licensing fees collected from both facilities using the ISBT 128 Standard and from vendors providing equipment or software that incorporates the standard.


ICCBBA has been ISO 9001 certified since April of 2011 and received ISO9001:2015 certification in February of 2020. A copy of the certificate of registration can be found by clicking here.

For More Information

ICCBBA publishes Activity Reports that chronicle the activities of the organization. The most recent report can be viewed, here.

Contacting ICCBBA

The headquarters of ICCBBA is located in Redlands, California, USA. For contact details, please email us.