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What is AABB accreditation?
AABB is an international, not-for-profit association representing individuals and institutions involved in the field of transfusion medicine and cellular therapies. The association is committed to improving health by developing and delivering standards, accreditation and educational programs that focus on optimizing patient and donor care and safety.
AABB membership consists of nearly 2,000 institutions and 8,000 individuals, including physicians, nurses, scientists, researchers, administrators, medical technologists and other health care providers. Members are located in more than 80 countries.
The AABB Accreditation program is internationally recognized as a symbol of quality. The accreditation program and the Assessor Training program are accredited by the International Society for Quality in Healthcare (ISQua) — credibility on a global scale.
Facilities seek AABB accreditation for recognition of their ability to meet or exceed the standards set by AABB in providing quality products and services. The accreditation process ensures the facilities meet the applicable standards for the services it provides.
Generally, when a facility believes it complies with the standards, it applies for accreditation. The facility is assessed by an objective team with experience in the field. Any evidence the team finds of non-conformance with the standards is brought to the attention of the applying facility, and corrective action must be taken before accreditation is granted. Once a facility is found to be in conformance with AABB standards, accreditation is granted for two years. AABB tracks customer complaints and follows up on any reported non-conformances. Only facilities with a current accreditation have permission to use the AABB logo, and AABB investigates reports of misrepresentation or fraudulent use once the misuse is brought to its attention.
Accreditation against other standards
Because AABB is internationally recognized as a global leader in quality systems, other organizations may partner with the association for accreditation services. AABB may determine that collaboration is in the best interest of patient safety and resource utilization. In these cases, AABB may perform an assessment against another organization's standards using AABB policies, procedures, and tools to assess compliance to these other standards. AABB currently provides accreditation services to the International Cellular Medicine Society and is one of the recognized accreditation bodies with the Health Resources and Services Administration, or HRSA, for cord blood banks who are contractors for the U.S. National Cord Blood Inventory. Such decisions are made prudently and with a focus on patient safety and quality.
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