September 25, 1972

Medical News

JAMA. 1972;221(13):1453-1460. doi:10.1001/jama.1972.03200260003002

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Proposed blood bank standards raise a host of questions  There was mixed reaction at the International Transfusion Congress when the Food and Drug Administration proposed to require federal registration of all blood collection, and to set standards for the collection and processing of plasma used in blood products.The congress, a joint meeting of the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) and the International Society of Blood Transfusion (ISBT) was meeting in Washington, DC, at the time of the FDA announcement.Both the president and president-elect of the AABB warned that unless the federal government extends some sort of equivalency rating to the association's voluntary inspection of blood centers, this program might be endangered. The net effect might be at least a temporary lowering of blood collection standards, according to AABB President William G. Battaile, MD.On the other hand, Tibor J. Greenwalt, MD, the ISBT president expressed general satisfaction