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** AABB **

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The *AABB* is a United States-based professional body and standards
organization that was founded in 1947 as the *American Association of Blood
Banks*.^[1] The organization is now international with members in 80
countries and has taken on a broader scope to include all of transfusion
medicine as well as cellular therapies, specifically ones based on
hematopoietic stem cells. In 2005 the organization changed its name to AABB
to reflect the changes in scope and operations.^[2]

The AABB works closely with the US Food and Drug Administration and
provides technical input into the development of blood regulations for the
US. While membership is not a regulatory requirement, virtually all major
blood banks in the United States are accredited by the AABB. More than 80
percent of hospital transfusion services and similar facilities in the US
are members.^[1] Accreditation by AABB meets the requirements of the
Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) for blood bank,
transfusion service, and immunohematology reference laboratory
operations.^[3]

The organization publishes a newsletter as well as a research journal named
/Transfusion/, which is published through Blackwell Publishing.^[4] Every
three years the AABB publishes a Technical Manual; as of 2011^[update] it
is in its seventeenth edition. The organization also publishes a variety of
other blood banking related materials, including the standards that it uses
to accredit members.

Since 1953, the organization has operated a National Blood Exchange to


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