Welcome to the homepage and website of the
International Consortium for Blood Safety (ICBS)

NB: This update contains new information on
EQAS reports a.o., see: Programmes and Projects

To improve blood safety in developing countries by achieving affordable and quality assured blood screening, establishing quality systems, providing requisite training and coordinating technology transfer.
ICBS' activities complement national and international efforts in the area of blood safety, thus contributing to the elimination of the disparity between the industrialized and the developing world.

  • 80% of the world's population live in developing countries but utilize only 20% of the world's blood supply.

  • Blood safety in the developing world is grossly inadequate

  • WHO estimates that 4 million units per year are not tested for HBV and HIV.

  • Far more are not tested for HCV.

  • Paid/replacement donors predominate.


ICBS focuses on improving the safety of blood transfusion in the developing (restricted economy) world

Mission Statement
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Structure | Strategy and
Funding | Membership and
Addresses | Collaborating Centers  | Task Forces | Meetings | Programmes and

Address: Executive Director, ICBS:
Mohamed El-Nageh, MD, Ph.D.,
At: The New York Blood CENTER 310 East 67th St, New York, NY 10021 U.S.A.
Tel 212.570.3419, Fax 212.570 3320