JPAC Joint United Kingdom (UK) Blood Transfusion and Tissue Transplantation Services Professional Advisory Committee

12.9: Laboratory test categories

Laboratory tests include the following categories:

  • Mandatory tests – required as part of the criteria for release of all blood donations and components for clinical use. Currently these are ABO and D blood grouping and irregular red cell antibody screening.
  • Additional tests – undertaken in special circumstances:
    •  increase the safety of transfusion for susceptible patients or clinical effectiveness of specific transfusions, e.g. by providing HbS screened red cells
    •  while not required for all blood donations or components, when such tests are performed to meet a specific need the results are an essential part of the criteria for release of that component.