Blood Consultative Committee

The Blood Consultative Committee works with the national executive blood bodies and other stakeholders to develop advice and recommendations on regulatory aspects of blood banks, blood establishments and blood processes.

Role of the committee

The primary objectives of the committee are to:

  • advise and provide information to stakeholders concerning the collection, testing, processing, storage, distribution and use of blood and blood components for transfusion
  • provide a forum for consultation and two-way discussion regarding proposed regulatory changes relating to the practical aspects of implementations
  • provide a forum to raise and take forward actions on strategic issues

At least one meeting will be held a year. The meeting will be chaired by a senior manager of the MHRA who will also provide the secretary.

Items to be discussed may include:

  • regulatory matters related to blood quality and safety
  • the performance and operation of haemovigilance systems (SABRE and SHOT)
  • interpretation of the principles of Good Practice by the Competent Authority
  • good practice compliance trends for blood banks and blood establishments
  • implementation of changes based upon newly emerging scientific evidence


The current members represent:

  • MHRA
    • Inspectors
    • IE&S Regulatory Advice Unit
    • Devices Haemovigilance Team (SABRE)
  • The national executive blood bodies:
    • England: NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT)
    • Scotland: Scottish National Blood Service (SNBTS)
    • Wales: Welsh Blood Service (WBS)
    • Northern Ireland: Northern Ireland Blood Transfusion Service (NIBTS)
  • Other Blood Establishments:
    • Ministry of Defence
  • Hospital Blood Banks:
    • UK Transfusion Laboratory Collective
    • A cross-section of hospital blood bank service providers (NHS trusts, pathology partnerships and private organisations)
  • Joint United Kingdom Blood Transfusion and Tissue Transplantation Services Professional Advisory Committee (JPAC)
  • Serious Hazards of Transfusion (SHOT)
  • The Haemophilia Society
  • Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS)
  • British Society for Haematology
  • British Blood Transfusion Society (BBTS)
  • National Blood transfusion Committees
    • England: National Blood Transfusion Committee (NBTC)
  • UKAS
  • Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC)
  • Other members may attend on an ad-hoc basis, such as other government departments, with respect to other regulatory aspects of blood banks, blood establishments and blood processes

Any organisation interested in becoming a committee member should email


April 2021: Newsletter in lieu of meeting

Blood Consultative Committee Newsletter April 2021 (PDF, 246KB, 8 pages)

Meeting: 3 March 2020

03 March 2020: Minutes (PDF, 120KB, 5 pages)

03 March 2020: Slide deck (PDF, 703KB, 60 pages)

Meeting: 5 February 2019

BCC Slide Deck Feb 2019 (PDF, 822KB, 48 pages)

5 February 2019: minutes (PDF, 166KB, 5 pages)

Meeting: 6 February 2018

6 February 2018: minutes (PDF, 134KB, 5 pages)

6 February 2018: Blood Consultative Committee Slide Deck (PDF, 527KB, 72 pages)

Meeting: 1 November 2016

November 2016: Agenda (PDF, 95.8KB, 1 page)

November 2016: minutes and associated papers (PDF, 1.09MB, 36 pages)

Meeting: 17 March 2016

March 2016: minutes and associated papers (PDF, 2.2MB, 70 pages)

Meeting: 23 September 2015

23 September 2015 : minutes (PDF, 197KB, 2 pages)

March 2015: newsletter in lieu of meeting

Blood Consultative Committee newsletter March 2015 (PDF, 448KB, 13 pages)

Meeting: 2 October 2014

2 October 2014: minutes (PDF, 88KB, 4 pages)

Presentations and papers

Blood Consultative Committe - draft terms of referrence - 23 September 2015 (PDF, 95.2KB, 2 pages)

Involving people - 23 September 2015 (PDF, 164KB, 6 pages)

MHRA GCP forum demo - 23 September 2015 (PDF, 267KB, 9 pages)

SABRE update: October 2014 (PDF, 373KB, 9 pages)

JPAC - Concessionary Release Limits for Leucocyte Depletion: October 2014 (PDF, 454KB, 10 pages)

Highlights from the annual SHOT report 2013: October 2014 (PDF, 1.01MB, 18 pages)

GMP Inspection Deficiencies 2013

Previous minutes are on the committees pages on the National Archives