Guidelines for the Blood Transfusion Services in the UK

8th Edition

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. The guidelines reflect an expert view of current best practice, provide specifications of products, and describe technical details of processes .Every effort has been made to ensure that the guidelines reflect the legally binding requirements of the Blood Safety (and Quality) and Regulations, UK Statutory Instrument 2005 No. 50.

The publication of the Red Book and its appearance on the website does not necessarily mean that the practices outlined are brought into use in the Services simultaneously. For operational reasons, the implementation dates may be decided separately by the 4 UK Services. Please consult your relevant Service (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales) for details of implementation dates.

This site provides:

  • A Portable Document File (PDF) version of the current printed version of the Guidelines (8th edition, October 2013).
  • An online (browser) version. This is updated periodically by means of Change Notifications.

The printed book can be purchased from:

The Stationery Office (www.tsoshop.co.uk)

Direct link: (http://www.tsoshop.co.uk/bookstore.asp?FO=1160007&Action=Book&ProductID=9780117081673&From=Subject)

Publication history

1990 1st edition Published by HMSO
1993 2nd edition Published by HMSO
1994 3rd edition Private publication
1999 Amendments to 3rd edition
2000 4th edition Published by TSO
Nov 2001 5th edition Published by TSO
Nov 2002 6th edition Published by TSO
Oct 2005 7th edition Published by TSO
Mar 2013 8th edition Published by TSO