There are several standards and regulations that provide structure to Transfusion Medicine processes.

Health Canada Blood Regulations

The Blood Regulations contain safety requirements with respect to blood for transfusion or for further manufacture and apply to all persons or establishments who perform any of the following activities related to blood:

  • processing (donor suitability assessment, collection, testing and blood component preparation)
  • transforming (washing, pooling and irradiating blood intended for transfusion)
  • labelling
  • storing
  • record keeping
  • importing (for transfusion)
  • distributing
  • and error, accident and adverse reaction investigation and reporting.
  • These regulations will come into force on October 23, 2014
CAN/CSA Z902-10 Standard for Blood and Blood Components
  • This set of standards are referenced by the national hospital accreditation body, Accreditation Canada
  • MANQAP has adopted the AABB standards for transfusion medicine services
  • St. Boniface General Hospital, Health Sciences Centre and the Canadian Blood Services-Winnipeg Centre are all accreditated according to CAP standards.