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American Association of Blood Banks

Contact Information

Communications Department
8101 Glenbrook Road
Bethesda, MD 20814-2749

301-907-6977 (Voice)
301-907-6895 (FAX)

Internet Resources


The American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) was established in 1947 as a national association of hospital and community blood banks, transfusion services, and other immunohematologic services; to improve blood collection and distribution; and to foster high standards of administrative and technical performance in the general field of immunohematology. AABB provides an assessment program, a national clearinghouse program for the transfer of blood and blood credits on a local and nationwide basis, disaster response planning, reference laboratories for the exchange of information and consultation, a rare donor file and a frozen blood depot providing rare blood types, certification and continuing education programs, awards in the field of blood banking services, educational materials and programs encouraging the public to donate blood, and technical and consultation services.


AABB publishes a wide selection of brochures, pamphlets, and information pieces on blood banking, scientific and technical books, reference books, a membership directory, and standards and guidelines. A publications list is available on request. Serial publications: Transfusion (journal), six times per year--scientific, technical, and administrative papers relating to the field of blood banking; News Briefs (tabloid), monthly--reports on happenings in blood banking; AABB Weekly Report (newsletter), weekly--reports on blood banking and related topics.


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Date Entered: 4/1/1998
Date Edited: 2/18/2013
Date Revised: 11/7/2007 12:39:03 PM
Health Referral Number: HR0147
Accession Number: DP91A0803

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