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Towards ISBT 128 compliance for blood and blood component pack labels

We are reviewing our current labels to move towards full compliance with ISBT128 along with 2D and QR (quick response) barcodes. 

Compliance will improve the clarity and usability of the labels, and help ensure components are transfused safely.

Our first step is to pilot a transition label: 


and then phase in the new labels. The transition label will continue to be readable using current scanners but will provide access to new functionality available with modern scanners, including the 2D and QR barcodes.

We will install and test new software over coming months and aim to have the transition labels in use from approximately March 2018. 

Please plan to update your current scanners and software in readiness for the final label. 

Specification for the Future Labelling of Blood Components Prepared in the United Kingdom’ has details of ISBT 128. 

If you have any comments or would like further information, please email Craig Wilkes

Craig Wilkes, Regional Customer Service Manager - South West