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J Public Health Policy. 2013 Nov;34(4):515-27. doi: 10.1057/jphp.2013.33. Epub 2013 Aug 22.

Does a liberal national transfusion law assure blood safety? A survey of blood bank directors' perspectives in Lebanon.

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  • 1Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Sacre Coeur Hospital, Beirut, Lebanon.


In transfusion medicine today, 'zero risk' has become a universal objective. Thus, we investigated whether the level of blood safety as defined by Lebanese legislation is satisfactory. Our work covered the period from September 2008 to June 2012. First, we studied each chapter in law and regulations, and compared them with the latest French regulations. The standards of Good Manufacturing Practice, characteristics of blood products and their storage, and the overall organization and haemovigilance for recipients and donors are not defined. Our analysis revealed numerous problems in today's blood safety situation. There is, for example, no clear definition or identification of the different blood safety components. Then, we conducted a national survey of blood bank directors to assess their perception of blood safety in Lebanon. Our survey revealed a negative perception (52.4 per cent) of the current blood safety situation, with more than 90 per cent of respondents in favor of national regulatory improvements.

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