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The French and Flemish sections of the Belgian Red Cross have their own blood institutes.

The French section has three blood centers, 20 fixed collection sites and 600 mobile sites to cover the operations. Quality assurance as well as administration of human resources, finance, and information technology are centralised to the headquarters.

The Flemish section has two blood centres to cover collection of blood, plasma and platelets, processing of blood, storage and delivery to the hospitals. In addition blood, plasma and platelets are collected in 11 fixed donor centres. Some 85% of blood collection comes from the different mobile collections in Flanders and Brussels (more than 800 sites). The testing lab of the Flemish blood institute, the quality assurance and the donor recruitment are centralized. The Flemish section has also three Immunohematology laboratories, one Laboratory of Histocompatibility & Immunogenetics, a facility for processing and distribution of umbilical cord blood, and one Research laboratory. The supporting services of the blood institute, f.e. human resources, finance and information technology, are centralized to the headquarters of the Red Cross.
The Blood Service and the supporting services are certified ISO 9001 – version 2015. The Diagnostic laboratories are certified ISO 15189.
Intermediate plasma products are fractionated at CAF, now co-owned with Sanquin and LFB.

The French section is certified ISO 9001 since 2007. It has three entities, 17 fixed collection sites and nearly 800 mobile sites to cover collection of blood, plasma and platelets, processing of blood, storage and delivery to the hospitals. The testing lab is centralized and accredited ISO 15189 since 2007. Quality assurance, administration of human resources, finance, and information technology are also centralised. The preparation lab will be centralised in current 2010.

Contact details

Belgian Red Cross-French: Blood Service
Rue de Stalle 96,
B-1180 Brussels
Belgium
www.transfusion.be

Belgian Red Cross-Flanders
Motstraat 40
B-2800 Mechelen
Belgium
www.rodekruis.be