Global Advisory Panel on Corporate Governance and Risk Management of Blood Services in Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

About GAP

GAP was formed in 1999 by a group of experts from National Society blood services and in 2012 the organisation was officially established as an independent association registered under Swiss law with its own statutes and terms of reference.

Under the leadership of its dedicated Executive Board and supported by its membership, GAP provides advice to Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies and their affiliated blood services, in matters concerning corporate governance and risk management in the field of National Society blood programs.

The GAP Association members are National Society experts in blood programs from around the globe.  In addition, GAP Regional Coordinators assist and coordinate GAP activities at a regional level, and identify opportunities for regional assistance and collaboration.

To view the GAP organigram click here.

GAP provides its support role to all National Societies involved in their national blood program.  In addition, National Society blood services can become a member of the GAP organisation.

Key Objectives of GAP

  • Provide technical advice in terms of corporate governance and risk management to National Society blood programs;
  • Promote knowledge sharing, networking and partnership among and between Red Cross and Red Crescent blood services and external partners;
  • Develop and provide tools and guidelines and country support to National Society blood services most in need;
  • Coordinate assistance to National Society blood services post-disaster including blood program recovery;
  • Influence global blood policy in conjunction with partners;
  • Provide advocacy and support to the IFRC and National Society blood services on issues affecting blood programs.

Other activities undertaken by GAP include:

Links with IFRC

GAP delivers its work program in cooperation with IFRC (International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies) Health and has an IFRC observer on its Board.  

In 2011, GAP's role and purpose to provide expertise and advice to National Society blood service was re-affirmed with the release of the IFRC's blood policy 'Promoting Safe and Sustainable Blood Systems' which outlines the specific responsibilities of IFRC, GAP, National Societies and blood services in managing blood program risk.

GAP is also recognised as an International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Reference Centre due to the support function that GAP provides to Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies in regard to involvement in provision of a blood program.