National Standard for Blood and Blood Products Safety and Quality

The first edition of the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC), National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards was released in 2011. It became mandatory for assessment of hospitals and day procedure services from 1 January 2013. One of the ten standards focuses on blood and blood products (Standard 7).

Following a review, the second edition of the NSQHS Standards was endorsed by Health Ministers and released in November 2017. The second edition was developed by the ACSQHC in consultation with Australian Government state and territory partners (including the National Blood Authority), consumers, the private sector and other stakeholders. Assessment against the second edition commenced from 1 January 2019.

A document mapping the actions in the second edition to the first edition can be found on the ACSQHC website.

Standard 1: Clinical Governance and Standard 2: Partnering with Consumers combine to form the clinical governance framework for all health service organisations. They support and integrate with all the clinical standards, which cover specific areas of patient care. In the second edition, Standard 7: Blood Management replaces the first edition Standard 7: Blood and blood products.

The Blood Management Standard aims to improve outcomes for patients by identifying risks and using strategies that optimise and conserve a patient's own blood, as well as ensuring that any blood and blood products that patients receive are safe and appropriate.

 The NBA is committed to supporting health service organisations to meet the requirements of the Blood Management Standard by identifying and/or developing resources. The NBA worked with the ACSQHC and other stakeholders to develop resources which can be found on the ACSQHC website.

The NBA has also developed a suite of graphics to assist health service organisations continue to promote the importance of appropriate use of blood and blood products and continue to embed the principles of patient blood management in accordance with the National Safety Quality Health Service Standards. 

Group RhD O negative red blood cell management

The NBA and the Australian Red Cross Lifeblood are working together to manage increasing issues of RhD O negative red blood cells across Australia. Whilst only 9% of the Australian population are Group O RhD negative, Group O RhD negative red blood cells currently represent over 17% of total red blood cell issues to Australian health providers. 

Please visit Use of Group O RhD negative red cells | Australian Red Cross Lifeblood ( for information on managing your RhD O negative red blood cell orders and inventory. Together we can ensure blood and blood products are available for those who need it most.

Blood management posters

Blood Management Poster Landscape

Blood Management landscape  






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Blood Management Poster Portrait

Blood Management portrait

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Blood management banners

Reduce Blood Wastage 

Reduce Blood Wastage banner

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Optimise Blood Management Banner

Optimise Blood Management banner

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Donate Blood Banner

Donate blood banner

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Demand for Red Blood Cells Banner

Demand for red blood cells banner

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Blood is a Vital Resource Banner

Blood is a vital resource banner

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