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    • Bodine van Wingerden

      Revised: ISBT Code of Ethics   09/12/2017

      ISBT is pleased to announce the revision of the ISBT Code of Ethics; one of the Societies most important documents. In December 2013 the ISBT Board endorsed a recommendation to revise the Code. The Standing committee on Ethics chaired by Dr Peter Flanagan has worked since 2014 to review and revise the old Code. ISBT members were given opportunities to comment during the review process. The new version of the Code was accepted by the ISBT membership on June 20, 2017 during the General Assembly at the 27th congress of the ISBT in Copenhagen. ISBT considers that the new code keeps the same philosophy as the old code but the new code is more useable, meaningful and appropriate. The new Code of Ethics has been translated into six different languages for the convenience of our international members. Please find an English, French, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, and Arabic version of the Code of Ethics on the ISBT website. The most important changes made to the Code of Ethics are; To lengthen the code to include an introductory paragraph to set the scene and construct the specific principles that constitute the code. The introduction of a stewardship section which contains a series of statements which are mainly directed at health authorities and policy makers who set overall standards for blood service provision. The concept of stewardship is based on concepts identified in the Nuffield Council on Bioethics report on ‘Human bodies: Donation for medicine and research. Individual statements aligned to a series of ethical principles. This aims to provide clarity on why the principles are important. A series of footnotes are provided to give information on the source underpinning the statements. The use of the terms ‘must’ and ‘should’ to identify a statement as mandatory or as an objective, were carefully reviewed and considered. The term must identifies something as mandatory. Relocation of certain principles, for example the principle that blood is a public resource and that access should not be restricted is now positioned in the Stewardship section of the code. For any queries about the new Code of Ethics please contact ISBT Central Office.

The ISBT Community Forum


  1. The ISBT Forum

    Dear members of ISBT

    Welcome to the ISBT Community Forum. This forum is a space for educating, sharing and learning. We invite you to explore the different categories of the forum, join or create discussions about different topics related to Transfusion Medicine. 

    We would like to ask you to respect the forum guidelines and not post offensive content or content that is not related to transfusion medicine (or people working in transfusion medicine). Disregarding the forum guidelines will lead to a ban from the ISBT forum. You can find the ISBT Community Forum guidelines online.

  2. Young Investigators

    Welcome Young Investigators,

    After some time on a LinkedIn forum, we decided to create a platform where everyone is free to interact and
    share thoughts. Share your experiences, challenges you face and what you have learned that could (not) be
    useful to others. Anything is possible! Please respect the forum guidelines as posted on the main ISBT
    community forum. 

    This sub-forum is accessible only for you, and serves as a means of facilitating discussion and sharing
    between Young Investigators worldwide. If you have any questions about the forum, please feel free to ask
    the ISBT Central Office via wingerden@isbtweb.org.

    Feel free to create a new thread or comment on fellow Young Investigators. We would love to hear from you!


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