Biomedical Excellence for Safer Transfusion
  • Biomedical Excellence for Safer Transfusion (BEST)
    Biomedical Excellence for Safer Transfusion (BEST)

    BEST Collaborative is an international research organization with a vision to lead the field of transfusion medicine and cellular therapies toward the best…

  • BEST Membership
    BEST Membership

    The BEST collaborative is a unique free-standing group of over 170 manufacturers, clinicians, and scientists from 22 countries committed to improving transfusion…

  • BEST Meetings
    BEST Meetings

    BEST meetings are held twice per year. and attendance is open to all members. Invited guests may attend with pre-approval of the Chair.

  • Press Releases
    Press Releases

    Official notices regarding significant publications, special events, and member news.

  • Recommended Procedures
    Recommended Procedures

    Several best practice documents are available for download

  • Sponsorship

    Any commercial organization or Blood Service interested in advancing the purpose of BEST may become a supporter of BEST by paying the annual dues amount; providing a…

Latest News

BEST 30th Anniversary Symposium

Symposium Recording Now Available for Viewing

Call for Scott Murphy Memorial Lecture Applications

Applications for April 2022 are being accepted now thru January 17, 2022

Press Release 13 Oct 2021

Award Recipient of 27th Scott Murphy Memorial Award Lectureship Announced

Member News

  • The BEST 30th Anniversary Symposium was held on Zoom on Saturday November 6th, 2021. The Meeting Recording is now available for viewing. You must complete the access form HERE to obtain the password. 
  • Meeting presentations from BEST 62 in Marina del Rey have been posted in the Members area. Recordings will be available at a later date.
  • In the coming weeks, all BEST Members will be receiving a Non-Disclosure Agreement, which will be required annually going forward. Please contact the BEST Executive Office if you have questions.
  • Please be sure to keep your contact information on the website up to date so you can be assured of receiving our email updates.

Fall 2021

30th Anniversary

BEST 30th Anniversary Celebration Symposium

This symposium was held Saturday, 06 November 2021.
Important Details:

  • The meeting recording is now available. You must complete the access form HERE to obtain the password. 
  • Presentation slides are available to BEST Members only, in the Members area of this website.
  • The Symposium highlighted the past, present, and future of BEST and the Transfusion Medicine industry, as well as the 27th Scott Murphy Memorial Award Lecture.


Spring 2022



The Spring 2022 Meeting is planned for Warsaw, Poland 22-23 April 2022.

Important News

  • We plan to hold the meeting in the Hotel Bristol with the BEST Dinner at the Royal Castle
  • Due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, we have no further details at this time.



The Clinical Transfusion Studies Team

The Clinical Transfusion Studies Team of BEST seeks to conduct collaborative international studies that address questions regarding the safety, efficacy, or efficient use of transfused blood and components. Our projects are based principally in hospitals related to BEST members. We perform pilot exploratory studies, definitive large-scale studies, randomized trials, surveys, laboratory-based investigation and qualitative research. While principally focused on advanced healthcare systems, we are also eager to consider projects suited to countries with emerging economies.

Recent projects from the Clinical Transfusion Studies team have included:

  • A study to model the effect of changes in RBC storage on the inventory of blood available 
  • Development of a validated exam to assess physician transfusion medicine knowledge.
  • Multi-institutional analyses of low platelet count samples at transfusion threshold levels to determine impact on the decision to transfuse.
  • Determining the frequency of anti-D allo-immunization following D+ platelet transfusions.

Current projects include:

  • Development and validation of a consensus bleeding assessment tool
  • A trial to evaluate whether feedback of current utilization to individual physicians will lead to improved blood product utilization.
  • Analysis of the impact of computerized results on plasma usage
  • A study of warm auto-RBC antibody testing and RBC selection practices
  • The influence of antigen matching on gestational outcomes

The team leaders for Transfusion Safety are Mark Fung, MD PhD, Associate Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Vermont, and Director of Blood Bank and HLA Laboratory, Fletcher Allen Health Care, Burlington, Vermont (USA), and Alan Tinmouth, MD, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottowa, Medical Consultant, Canadian Blood Services.