Donor Center Materials and Equipment Strategy

This is the policy I developed for HMC Doha Blood Donor Center:


  1. This policy applies to all blood donor processing (including reagents, materials, equipment) in the Blood Donor Center.
    1. Immunohematology testing and donor infectious disease marker testing are not included.
  2. Equipment and reagents must be selected to meet/exceed productions standards set by the Council of Europe, International AABB, HMC policies and procedures, and Qatari law.
  3. Each equipment must have a fully functioning, reliable, bidirectional interface to Medinfo Hematos IIG and be fully interfaced
    1. Vendor is responsible to pay for the interface licensing for each piece of equipment.
  4. Materials/reagents/equipment must cover the following functionalities:
    1. Automated separation of whole blood and apheresis components into:
      1. Packed RBCs in additive solution
      2. Buffy coat derived platelet pools
      3. Apheresis-derived platelets, plasma, and/or RBCs
      4. Fresh frozen and FP24 plasma
    2. Pathogen inactivation of whole blood, platelets, plasma, RBCs
    3. Cryoprecipitate
    4. Cryo-poor plasma
    5. Frozen RBCs (high-glycerol method)
    6. Washed RBCs
    7. Thawed plasma
    8. Irradiated RBCs
    9. Reconstituted whole blood (PRBCs and thawed plasma)
    10. Leukodepletion of ALL components to current and future CE standards
  5. Equipment must have/meet:
    1. CE mark or equivalent (FDA, CSA, etc.)
    2. Sufficient throughput for the workload in the area assigned
    3. Scalability:  A path of upgrading to larger capacity/throughput equipment using the same reagent line of the vendor
    4. A minimum of two of each equipment type must be obtained to minimize disruption of blood supply.
  6. Vendors:
    1. Vendors must offer 24/7 service on critical equipment for donor blood component and patient compatibility testing
    2. Vendors who do not meet qualification standards must not be used.


  1. Standards for Blood Banks and Transfusion Services, Current Edition, AABB, Bethesda, MD, USA
  2. Guide to the Preparation, Use, and Quality Assurance of Blood Components, European Committee (Partial Agreement) on Blood Transfusion (CD-P-TS), European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines and Healthcare, Current Edition, Strasbourg, France