Objective three

To make latest technology available for operating the blood transfusion services and ensure its functioning in an updated manner.

  1. Minimum standards for testing, processing and storage shall be set and ensured.
    • Standards, Drugs & Cosmetics Act/Rules and Indian Pharmacopoeia shall be updated as and when necessary.
    • All mandatory tests as laid down under provisions of Drugs & Cosmetics Act/Rules shall be enforced.
    • Inspectorate of Drugs Controller of India and State FDA shall be strengthened to ensure effective monitoring.
  2. A vigilance cell shall be created under Central/State Licensing Authorities.
  3. A Quality System Scheme shall be introduced in all blood centres.
    • Quality Assurance Manager shall be designated at each Regional Blood Centre/any blood centre collecting more than 15, 000 units per year to ensure quality control of Blood & its components in the region assigned. He shall be exclusively responsible for quality assurance only.
    • Every blood centre shall introduce an internal audit system to be followed by corrective actions to reduce variations in Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) as a part of continuous improvement programme.
    • Regular workshops on the subject of quality assurance shall be conducted to update the personnel working in blood centres.
    • Regular proficiency testing of personnel shall be introduced in all the blood centres.
  4. An External Quality Assessment Scheme (EQAS) through the referral laboratories approved by the National Blood Transfusion Council shall be introduced to assist participating centres in achieving higher standards and uniformity.
    • Reference centres shall be identified in each State/UT for implementation of EQAS. All blood centres shall be linked to these reference centres for EQAS.
    • NBTC shall identify a centre of national repute for quality control of indigenous as well as imported consumables, reagents and plasma products.
  5. Efforts shall be made towards indigenisation of kits, equipment and consumables used in blood banks.
  6. Use of automation shall be encouraged to manage higher workload with increased efficiency.
  7. A mechanism for transfer of technology shall be developed to ensure the availability of state-of-the-art technology from out side India.
  8. Each blood centre shall develop its own Standard Operating Procedures on various aspects of Blood Banking.
    • Generic Standard Operating Procedures shall be developed by the National Blood Transfusion Council as guidelines for the blood centres.
  9. All blood centres shall adhere to bio-safety guidelines as provided in the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare manual “Hospital-acquired Infections: Guidelines for Control” and disposal of bio-hazardous waste as per the provisions of the existing Biomedical Wastes (Management & Handling) Rules-1996 under the Environmental Protection Act - 1986.