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

    BEST Collaborative is an international research organization that works collaboratively to explore ways to improve transfusion-related services through…

  • BEST Membership
    BEST Membership

    The BEST collaborative is a unique free-standing group of over 150 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

Press Release 13 Dec 2017

Ziggy Szczepiorkowski, MD, PhD elected Chair, effective Oct 2018

Transfusion Update Event

was held in Sydney Australia in April 2017.

Press Release 20 July 2016

Interference of New Drugs in Compatibility Testing for Blood Transfusion

Member Reminders

  • The La Jolla BEST Book and meeting presentations are available for download in the members area.
  • Make your hotel reservations for the Florence Meeting now! The booking form is available in the members area.
  • A DRAFT program of the education session sponsored by the Italian National Blood Centre to be held on 26 April 2018 in Florence is posted in the members area.

October 2017

La Jolla 2017

BEST LIV Meeting

The meeting dates for the Fall Meeting are October 4-5, 2017.


  • Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines
  • Immediately prior to the AABB Meeting in San Diego


April 2018


BEST LV Meeting

Dates are confirmed for Florence, Italy for April 27-28, 2018.

Important News

  • A booking form for the Grand Hotel Mediterraneo is posted in the Members area



The Donor Studies Team 

BEST's Donor Safety Team members from Germany, the Netherlands, the U.K., Australia, Canada and the U.S. investigate a wide variety of important donor-related issues.  A relatively new team, Donor Studies address issues of donor safety and reaction mitigation, donor demographic trends, donor-related product variability, eligibility criteria and health screening, donor incentives and communications, and differences between volunteer, autologous, directed and replacement donors.  A wide variety of expertise in donor motivation, recruitment, care, and hemovigilance underpins the team's surveys, observational studies, randomized trials, and epidemiologic investigations.

Recent and current studies include:

  • Retrospective case-control study of donor determinants of apheresis platelet quality
  • An international survey of donor demographic trends
  • A review of autologous donor best practices and expected outcomes

With its first dedicated cadre of donor health experts, the Donor Studies Team seeks to liaise with non-BEST experts to define international best practices and identify trends impacting the adequacy of national blood supplies. The Team Leaders for Donor Studies are Marc Germain, MD, FRCP(C), PhD, Vice President of Medical Affairs, Hèma-Quèbec and Ralph Vassallo, MD, FACP, Executive Vice President and Chief Medical & Scientific Officer, Blood Systems, Inc.