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


GAP membership is open to National Society Blood Services which meet the minimum criteria for membership including:

  • Effective operation of a full Category A blood service
  • Achieved or aspiring toward 100% voluntary non-remunerated blood donation
  • Regular completion of the GAP Self-assessment questionnaire

Collectively, GAP members provide advice on corporate governance and risk management of blood services, and at an individual level, GAP members contribute their expertise and knowledge to support a range of GAP programs to assist priority country blood services.

Members pay an annual membership fee which constitutes the primary source of GAP’s operating resources, and  are represented by the head of their National Society blood service.  A general meeting of all GAP members is held annually.


Benefits of GAP membership

GAP provides direct benefits to National Society blood services and the IFRC through the provision of technical advice, tools, guidelines and targeted support on corporate governance and risk management.  Benefits are also realised by individual member blood services through their involvement with GAP at the member, Regional Coordinator and Executive Board level.

  • Access to international exchanges on risk management and policy issues
  • Exposure to best practice corporate governance and risk management strategies
  • Global recognition for expertise in blood programs
  • Understanding the IFRC-specific requirements for Red Cross / Red Crescent blood services
  • Opportunities to provide input into global blood policy discussions, including areas of emerging potential impact
  • Improved integration of humanitarian projects
  • Networking and shared learning with Red Cross and Red Crescent blood service peers
  • GAP member blood service employees are provided with unique career development opportunities when engaged with GAP project work
  • Involvement with GAP can be considered part of a member blood service's overall corporate social responsibility program at a global level
  • Access to an individual country and relevant de-identified regional GAP Self-assessment report which enables member blood services to accurately ascertain their own performance against inernational practices and benchmarks

Current members

GAP currently has 16 National Society blood service members from the following countries:

  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • El Salvador
  • Finland
  • Germany
  • Honduras
  • China (Hong Kong)
  • Israel
  • Japan
  • Laos
  • Republic of Korea
  • Switzerland
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • USA


For more information regarding membership, please contact the GAP Secretariat