Welcome to JPAC
The Joint United Kingdom Blood Transfusion and Tissue Transplantation Services Professional Advisory Committee (JPAC) was created in 1987 and saw the beginning of closer collaboration between Blood centres across the whole of the UK.
The purpose of this website when launched in 2002 was to be a vehicle of publishing the various JPAC publications. This initial core function was soon extended to other aspects of the UK transfusion and Transplantation activities.
The site is used by clinicians, scientists and other healthcare professionals across the UK and abroad both from Blood Services and hospitals.
Guidelines for the Blood Transfusion Services
The 'Red Book' (as the printed version of these guidelines are known) aims to define guidelines for all materials produced by the United Kingdom Blood Transfusion Services for both therapeutic and diagnostic use.
Donor Selection Guidelines
The Donor Selection Guidelines (DSGs) contain information on the selection and care of donors. They are divided into the following sections Bone Marrow & PBSC Donor Selection Guidelines, Cord Blood Donor Selection Guidelines, Geographical Disease Risk Index, Tissue Donor Selection Guidelines - Deceased Donors, Tissue Donor Selection Guidelines - Live Donors, Whole Blood and Components Donor Selection Guidelines
The Transfusion Handbook
The 5th edition of the Handbook of Transfusion Medicine is intended for all who are involved in prescribing, supplying and administering blood products. It will be useful to medical, laboratory and nursing staff and also to those responsible for the safe transport and delivery of blood to the patient.
Correctly used, blood and blood products can save lives and provide clinical benefit to many patients. This handbook summarises existing evidence about effective treatment and gives a balanced view of the current opinion about good clinical practice in transfusion for patients in the United Kingdom.
Regulations and Implementation
The Blood Safety & Quality Regulations came into force in the UK on 8 February 2005 and were implemented on 8 November 2005. This part of the website provides:
- clarification issues from the MHRA
- support to hospital transfusion laboratories through the toolkit
- feedback from sites that have been inspected by the MHRA
National Blood Transfusion Committee
The National Blood Transfusion Committee (NBTC) promotes good transfusion practice by providing information and advice to hospitals and blood services.
The NBTC’s work includes consulting national groups to develop best practice guidelines; reviewing the performance of NHS Blood and Transplant; identifying service development needs; providing patient information and seeking patients’ opinions; advising NHS England on transfusion practice and providing information about training on blood transfusion.
Regional Transfusion Committees
The Regional Transfusion Committees (RTCs) implement the actions of the National Blood Transfusion Committee (NBTC) in England. They oversee the activities of local Hospital Transfusion Committees and provide a link between them and the NBTC.
Systematic Review Initiative
The Systematic Review Initiative is a clinical research group based within NHS Blood and Transplant's Oxford Blood Centre. It's objective is to develop the evidence base for the practice of transfusion medicine by producing systematic reviews and the Transfusion Evidence Library. The group works closely with the four UK Blood Services, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust and the University of Oxford.