About AABB Accreditation

AABB Accreditation promotes the highest standards of quality and safety for blood and biotherapies facilities.

Blood, biotherapies and specialized service provider facilities throughout the world attain AABB accreditation to demonstrate a commitment to quality and safety while continuously improving operations. AABB-accredited facilities can be found in more than 50 countries worldwide, and AABB has been leading the field in ensuring high quality assessment and accreditation since 1957.

AABB provides accredited facilities with a well-recognized mark of uncompromising quality. Our accreditation process is based on AABB’s renowned quality systems approach that helps to optimize existing processes.

AABB offers accreditation for many activities, based on expert-developed standards for facilities that perform the following:

Ensuring Uncompromised Quality and Care

  • Raise the level of trust that patients, donors and other stakeholders have in your facility by pursuing and maintaining AABB Accreditation.
  • Improve the quality and safety of collecting, processing, testing, distributing and administering blood, blood products, cellular therapies, relationship testing and other services.

Mitigating Risk and Saving Your Facility Money

  • Accreditation builds on essential, expert standards that minimize outcome variability and errors.
  • Provides tools to monitor performance, capture deviations and analyze suboptimal outcomes – keeping your facility ahead of issues.
  • By mitigating risk, accreditation can reduce the cost of liability insurance coverage for your facility.
  • AABB assessors are trained to identify potential risks and violations, many of which could poorly impact patients or donors, or be costly if identified by regulatory authorities.
  • The time and resources necessary to earn accreditation are minimal in comparison to the advantages gained in terms of reducing risk.

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Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center is one of the largest community blood centers in the United States, serving 26 counties and more than 170 hospitals and health care institutions.

The Value of AABB Accreditation

Designate Your Facility as First-in-Class for Quality

  • AABB accreditation provides external validation that a facility is adhering to the highest levels of quality and safety via international standards of excellence.
  • Get globally recognized expertise and feedback for your facility.
  • Attract and retain quality staff who recognize the prestige of AABB Accreditation

Meaningful Improvement, Operational Excellence

  • Accreditation is an educational, peer reviewed and participatory process, which helps to build a culture of learning and excellence.
  • Accreditation imparts quality management skills and knowledge that can extend to other areas.
  • Assessors analyze and connect processes to identify areas of improvement or concern, leading to meaningful improvements in your facility.

Direct Access to Quality and Regulatory Professionals

  • During the AABB accreditation process – and once accredited – your facility has direct access to AABB’s team of experts who can answer questions, offer insights and provide resources.
  • Our staff of experts are up-to-date on regulatory changes, compliance issues, emerging risks and more impacting your facility.
  • Facilities can also directly ask a question about, or request a variance to the Standards.

Accreditation for Experts by Experts

  • Professional, knowledgeable assessors with real-world experience and expertise in the job they are evaluating.
  • AABB accreditation assessments are conducted by experts who are among the most qualified professionals in the field. Each team is carefully formed to fulfill regulatory requirements, provide subject matter expertise and avoid conflicts of interest.

Adaptive, Agile and Up-to-Date

  • Accreditation is built upon AABB Standards, which represent the current best practices and state of the science for each activity.
  • Assessments consider the different methods a facility may use to meet the intent of a standard, so that facilities may adopt their operations to a standard, rather than specifying how a facility must meet a standard.
  • Separation between standards and accreditation allows AABB to consider variances when changes in the field deem it necessary.
  • AABB Standards and Accreditation can adapt internationally. For example, AABB works with ABHH (Associacao Brasileira de Hematologia, Hemoterapia e Terapia Celular) to provide a joint accreditation for facilities located in Brazil using ABHH Standards (AABB Standards translated into Portuguese and customized to reflect local Brazilian requirements).

Recognition of AABB’s Standards and Accreditation in Laws, Regulations and Policies

Achieving AABB Accreditation can help your facility attain and, in many cases, exceed federal and state requirements. In instances where AABB has been granted deemed status, your AABB assessment may additionally serve as your facility’s federal- or state-mandated inspection.

AABB’s Standards and Accreditation Programs are recognized in several states’ laws and regulations, as well as by external accreditation organizations. Additionally, payers’ policies recognize AABB Standards and Accreditation, which is a prerequisite for insurance coverage and reimbursement. For example:

  • AABB has been granted deemed status by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for its standards for transfusion, donor activities, immunohematology reference, molecular testing and cellular therapies laboratories. Our standards have been found to be as stringent as — often surpassing— those required by the Code of Federal Regulations.
  • AABB is recognized as an accrediting organization for the Bill Young Transplant Program by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).
  • AABB’s Standards are valued by external accreditation organizations. For example, the Joint Commission Standard QC.5.10 states "written policies and procedures for the blood transfusion service are consistent with current AABB standards.” AABB Standards are also cited in the Joint Commission Standards QC.5.20 and QC.5.25.
  • AABB Standards and Accreditation Programs are recognized by states’ laws and regulations. For example, AABB standards are part of California statute; all California laboratories must follow AABB standards. AABB has also been granted deemed status by the California Department of Public Health, Laboratory Field Services. Blood centers, hospital blood banks, transfusion services and cellular therapy services subject to inspection by California state inspectors can opt to have AABB perform their California inspection as an accrediting organization.
  • Private payers include AABB’s Standards and Accreditation programs in coverage and reimbursement policies. For example, Aetna’s Institutes of Excellence policy for facilities that perform bone marrow transplants recognizes AABB as one of the required accrediting organizations.
  • U. S. Department of State and U. S. Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) require that DNA testing for immigration purposes be initiated with an AABB-Accredited lab.

AABB is continuously advancing policies that promote adequate, appropriate access to safe, clinically effective transfusion medicine and cellular therapies. View AABB’s Advocacy Agenda to learn more.

Learn more about the accreditation process, including accreditation phases and expectations, and steps to become accredited.

“AABB allows facilities to demonstrate their commitment to quality and safety while raising trust amongst donors, patients, and clients. In addition, having a third-party endorsement differentiates you from competitors and gives you a broader opportunity to increase your overall footprint.”

— Marc Lewis, Vice President of Operations, Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center

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AABB’s Accreditation Program is Accredited

AABB is one of only three accrediting agencies in North America that is accredited by ISQua, the International Society for Quality in Health Care. This certification means that AABB is independently assessed for its accreditation programs assuring objective rigor.