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Blood safety

Ensuring blood safety is of critical importance for Red Cross and Red Crescent blood programs and it underpins all that we do. Access resources and guidance on blood safety and quality, relevant technical standards & accreditation, and emerging infectious disease.

Standards and accreditation

Blood safety standards provide the specific criteria and requirements to be met for blood and blood components, and for the most important steps in the blood service’s activities. The minimum standards to be applied should be set by the country’s Government or Ministry of Health and be based on internationally recognised standards.  


Where country specific technical blood standards are unavailable, relevant internationally recognised standards and accreditation frameworks are available which can be adopted by a National Society blood service.


For resource limited countries, a starting point for blood services yet to implement standards and achieve accreditation is to adopt fundamental standards which may be applied in a stepwise approach.  These provide the minimum requirements for a blood service, with the view that the blood service would progress to implementation of the full standards at a future point, when resources allow.


For further information on available standards and accreditation frameworks, please contact GAP.

Reference and guidance documents


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Mpox (formerly Monkeypox)

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GAP resources

Information brochure

  • Ebola Virus: Information for Blood Programs in regions where Ebola cases are active
    Download: English

Information brochure

  • Mpox and blood safety – Information for Blood Programs
    Download: English

WHO Technical Guidance

GAP undertakes regular review of the WHO website to assess new COVID-19 technical documents as they are released. GAP reviews each new document and assesses the relevance and application for Red Cross / Red Crescent National Society blood programs before inclusion on the below list.

GAP Report

COVID-19 Impact on Blood Programs: Summary of key learnings and suggested strategies

Information brochures

Customisable templates

  • For community education on COVID-19 and blood donation
    Download: Examples of brochure and poster EnglishFrench

Watch our GAP webinars and videos  (COVID-19 pandemic and blood programs)

Online training (eLearning module)

  • COVID-19 and the blood service: Meet demand and maintain safety
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