NABH to conduct 5-day assessor training for blood bank accreditation programme

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The NABH will conduct a five-day assessor training for blood bank accreditation programme in Bengaluru between August 19 and August 23, 2019.

The assessor training for blood bank is non-residential and the participant has to attend all the five days. The training involves the interactive teaching and group exercises. The evaluation of the participants will be based on the daily monitoring of performance, practical and written examination.

The successful participants would be considered for empanelment as NABH assessors.

Eligibility criteria for applying for NABH blood bank assessors training program is MD (Pathology), MD/DNB (Transfusion Medicine) with 4 years of experience or Degree in Medicine (MBBS) with Diploma in Clinical Pathology or Transfusion Medicine having adequate knowledge in blood group serology, blood group methodology and medical principles involved in the procurement of blood and/or preparation of its components with 8 years of experience.

Professionals having Degree in Medicine (MBBS) having experience in blood bank/blood centre for one year during regular services and has adequate knowledge and experience in blood group serology, blood group methodology and medical principles involved in the procurement of blood and/or preparation of its components with 10 years of experience can also apply.

Candidates with higher qualification and/or from NABH Accredited Blood Bank shall be given preference.

In order to maintain blood safety blood bank/ blood centre shall have a process to identify, collect and evaluate quality indicator data which shall be from collection to transfusion on regular basis to evaluate and monitor continuous quality improvement. The blood bank/blood centre shall evaluate data on quality indicators continuously.

Blood banks or blood centres shall enroll under the Haemovigilance Programme of India (HvPI) to effectively monitor adverse donor reactions and adverse transfusion reactions.

HvPI at the national level was launched on December 10, 2012 by National Institute of Biologicals (NIB) to track adverse reactions associated with blood transfusion and blood product administration.

A 2017 assessment by the health ministry has revealed that a majority of blood banks functioning in the country are neither inspected regularly nor do they comply with the best healthcare standards. However, in recent times, the ministry has adopted certain measures to streamline blood transfusion services, including an amendment to the Drugs and Cosmetics (D&C) Rules of 1945 to make regulations rigorous.

The amendment to Part X B of the D&C Rules proposes to revise licensing procedures, tweak infrastructure requirements and set clear-cut eligibility criteria of personnel manning them.

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