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

Call for Scientific Applications

The application period for Scientific Applications is now closed.

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.

Member Reminders

  • Thank you to all who attended the Florence Meeting!
  • Meeting presentations from the Florence Meeting will be posted in the coming weeks. These will be available to members only.
  • Information on the meeting in Newport, Rhode Island to be held prior to the Boston AABB Meeting in October will be posted in June.
  • Applications for Scientific Membership are under review. The application period has now closed.

April 2018


BEST LV Meeting

Dates for the Meeting in Florence, Italy were April 27-28, 2018.

Important News

  • The meeting location was the FH-Grand Hotel Mediterraneo
  • The BEST Book is available for download for members
  • Meeting presentations will be posted in the coming weeks


October 2018

Newport RI

BEST LVI Meeting

The meeting dates for the Fall Meeting are October 10-11, 2018.


  • The Newport Harbor Hotel & Marina, Newport, Rhode Island
  • Immediately prior to the AABB Meeting in Boston
  • Room reservations will be available mid-June 2018
  • Note that this will be a full 2-day meeting!



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.