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

Crossmatching / e-issue

Quality Audit Preparation


Crossmatching and electronic issue


Blood Bank - laboratory area


Any qualified (competency assessed) BMS working in blood bank, including on-call BMS staff.

Initial preparation:

Is the SOP for the process:-

  • Specific for the process ie Liss tube / Diamed / Emergency / high-risk / EI
  • In date
  • Appropriately signed & authorised by an authorised signatory
  • Complete equipment checklist
  • Official copy
  • Links to COSHH / Risk Assessments / other SOP’s
  • Regularly reviewed

Additional Evidence required:

  1. Training Records (including record of WASPS) / competency assessments including competency of trainers
  2. Document control
  3. QC records
  4. Specimen acceptance criteria


  1. Observation
  2. Questions
  3. Knowledge assessment
  4. Objective evidence
  5. Quality improvement suggestions

Additional requirements:

  1. General housekeeping of the area.
  2. Records for fridges (reagent, sample, stock & issue), pipettes, centrifuges, FFP thawers and incubators
    • Calibration
    • Maintenance
    • Temperature monitoring
    • Temperature mapping
    • Alarms formerly tested.
  3. Reagent logs.
  4. Evidence of stock rotation – reagents and blood (first in/first out)
  5. Disposal of out of date blood components