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Label Format and Material

All manufactured blood components released for issue to hospital customers have a standard format label applied to the container/bag. This is often referred to as the ‘end label’. Labelling of blood and blood components by blood operators in Canada aligns with the ISBT 128 Standard: Technical Specification (published by ICCBBA, Inc.), the definitive source describing the ISBT 128 labelling standard. There are several options outlined in the ISBT 128 Standard: Technical Specification that are to be nationally determined.

The Canadian Guidelines for the Uniform Labelling of Blood and Blood Components Using ISBT 128 describes the options selected by the Canadian blood operators, Canadian Blood Services and Héma-Québec for use in Canada and is intended to be used in conjunction with the ISBT 128 Standard: Technical Specification. For further information regarding ISBT 128, or to access the ISBT 128 Standard: Technical Specification, visit the ICCBBA website.

The following chart, along with the Canadian Guidelines for the Uniform Labelling of Blood and Blood Components Using ISBT 128, provides hospitals that are upgrading or implementing a laboratory information system with quick links to Customer Letters with relevant product, facility and ABO/Rh codes.
 

Product Code Facility/Site Codes ABO/Rh Codes

Customer Letter 2016-20 (PDF): Emergency Blood Importation Contingency – American Red Cross

Attachment 1 – Additional ISBT Component Codes
Attachment 2 – ISBT Component Codes in Current Use Previously used for Hema-Quebec
Attachment 4 – Sample Component Labels

Customer Letter 2016-20 (PDF): Emergency Blood Importation Contingency – American Red Cross

Attachment 3 – American Red Cross Facility Identification Numbers

Customer Letter 2009-08: ISBT 128 Labelling Standard Implementation at Canadian Blood Services
Customer Letter 2016-10 (PDF): Important Information Regarding Expire Date of Platelet Components Imported from Héma-Québec (7 day shelf life) Customer Letter 2011-01: New Sites Codes for Brampton and Dartmouth Facilities - ABO/Rh Blood Group Codes
Customer Letter 2013-13: Washed Red Blood Cells with Extended Expiry – Attachment 1 - Product Codes and Label Text Customer Letter 2009-08: ISBT 128 Labelling Standard Implementation at Canadian Blood Services – Updated Canadian Blood Services and Héma-Québec Facility Codes  
Customer Letter 2010-24: Important Information Regarding Updates to End Label for Double Components and New Héma-Québec Product Codes.

Additional codes:

E5323V00 PLTA-1 LR (HQ)
E5325V00 PLTA-1 LR IRR (HQ)
E5324V00 PLTA-2 LR (HQ)
E5326V00 PLTA-2 LR IRR (HQ)
   
Customer Letter 2008-28: ISBT 128 Sample Labels and Product Codes    
Attachments; Attachment 1 - ISBT 128 Product Codes Label    

Other Label-Related Customer Letters

Customer Letter 2013-29Attachment 1 - 2013-29 and Attachment 2 - 2013-29 Changes, Progesa Blood Management Software Upgrade.
Customer Letter 2009-08: ISBT 128 Labeling Standard Implementation at Canadian Blood Services

Topics:

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  • Implementation Date Announcement
  • Temporary Extended Label Description (Codabar)
  • Recall/Withdrawl of IBST 128 Labeled Components

Attachments that can be found in the body of the Customer Letter 2009-08 are listed below.

  • ISBT 128 Donation Label Description
  • Revised Sample Labels
  • Updated Canadian Blood Services and Héma-Québec Facility Codes
  • ABO/Rh Blood Group Codes
  • Component Packing Slip Example
  • Patient Services Packing Slip Example

Customer Letter 2011-25: Implementation of New Label Material
Customer Letter 2011-11: New Label Material
Customer Letter 2010-40: Labels on Plasma Components
Customer Letter 2007-11: Manual Transformation Product Label