Brazil sets haemotherapy services standards:
This article was originally published in Clinica
Brazil's haemotherapy services have a new set of quality standards to meet, following the publication of a national accreditation manual. It provides standards and guidance on the collection, screening, storage, transportation and transfusion of blood. The work is the result of a five-year project led by the national healthcare surveillance agency (Anvisa), the accreditation standards organisation (ONA) and the national haematology and haemotherapy association. The Manual de Acreditacao de Servicos de Hemoterapia was launched at the Hospitalar 2003 trade fair, held in Sao Paulo (June 10-13) and is available at the Anvisa website (http://www.anvisa.gov.br/sangue/ hemoterapia/manual.htm). Haemotherapy services are accredited by ONA-approved bodies and overseen by Anvisa.