Biomedical Excellence for Safer Transfusion

March 24, 2022 Important Announcement Regarding Our Upcoming Spring Meeting

Dear Friends and Colleagues

Thank you for your patience as we are working hard to move our Spring meeting from Warsaw to Oxford. Thanks to tremendous work by Mike and Sarah with support from Eileen we can now provide you with some information about the meeting.

Dates: Thursday, April 21st – Friday, April 22nd, 2022.
Location: St Catherine’s College, University of Oxford; Manor Road, Oxford, OX1 3UJT

We have selected an appropriate venue for BEST dinner which recognizes the somber times we live in but also allows for collegial interactions among BEST members and guests. Full details are available in the members area of the website.

We wish to stress that all participants will be responsible for their accommodation in Oxford and any travel arrangements. We have provided a list of hotels you can consider making your arrangements in the member's area of this website. Finally, please ensure that your travel documents allow you to travel to the UK as criteria might have changed since the UK leaving EU. The UK removed all remaining Covid-19-related restrictions on international travel on March 18. You do not need to complete a UK passenger locator form before you travel, take any COVID-19 tests or quarantine when you arrive in England. For full UK government guidance on traveling to the UK during COVID, see HERE.

Requirements for return travel continue to change on a frequent basis. For those of you who will be returning to the USA, there remains a requirement for COVID testing (PCR or Antigen), regardless of vaccination status, no more than 1 day before you travel by air into the United States. You must show your negative result to the airline before you board your flight. See HERE for more details on the US CDC website. Information on testing is available at the following links:

On-site Testing at Heathrow Airport Testing available at most terminals

EMed Testing Kits Travel-approved tests as referred by Delta, American, and United Airlines. These must be purchased prior to departure from the US. Self-tests are not accepted

In due time, we will also communicate how we can support Ukrainians in their just defense of freedom and democracy.