Celebrating 60 years of operation in 2007, American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) is an international association representing individuals and institutions involved in activities related to transfusion and cellular therapies, including transplantation medicine. AABB member facilities are responsible for collecting virtually all of the nation’s blood supply and transfusing more than 80 percent of all blood and blood components used in the United States.
Since its inception in 1947, AABB — formerly known as the American Association of Blood Banks — has continued to support the highest standards of medical, technical and administrative performance; scientific investigation; and clinical application through standard setting, accreditation, education, advocacy and other activities. The association also is dedicated to increasing public awareness of the importance of voluntary blood donation. Nearly 2,000 institutions, including community and hospital blood banks, hospital transfusion services and laboratories, and about 8,000 individuals, including physicians, nurses and other health care providers; scientists; administrators; medical technologists; blood donor recruiters; and public relations practitioners, are members of AABB. AABB’s active membership — located in all 50 states and 80 countries — provides direction to the association through its board of directors and more than 30 committees of volunteer professionals.