Research and analysis

Safe supplies: annual review

Annual review of the NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) and UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) epidemiology unit's data and research activity.

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The annual report 2021 is available at NHSBT.



The NHSBT and UKHSA surveillance programme is a series of national schemes that monitors infection in:

  • blood, tissue and organ donors
  • transfusion recipients

This report provides an annual summary of the unit’s data and research activity.

Data sources and methods and infographics relating to the 2020 report are available to download from the NHSBT website.

Previous years’ reports and supplementary documents are available for:

The data shows the low risk of infection from blood transfusion in the UK and can be used to compare the UK against blood services around the world. UKHSA and NHSBT use the data to ensure we’re using the best safety measures and to provide evidence for further reviews of donor selection and testing policies.

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Published 23 September 2013
Last updated 21 December 2021 + show all updates
  1. Updated Safe supplies 2020: progress in a pandemic.

  2. Updated number of donations that tested positive for hepatitis E virus and were discarded.

  3. Added 'Safe supplies 2020: progress in a pandemic' and link to the archived 2019 report.

  4. Added Safe Supplies 2019: data in context.

  5. Added link to the 2018 supplementary documents.

  6. Added Safe supplies 2018 report.

  7. Updated page with 'UK Government Web Archive' link to 2015 and 2016 reports and infographics.

  8. Added Safe supplies 2017 report, supplementary data and data sources.

  9. Added 'Safe supplies 2016: blood donations'.

  10. Added HPR 11(33) report.

  11. Added Safe supplies: A baseline for change for 2016.

  12. Updated versions of 'Safe supplies: supplementary data tables and figures, 2015' (table 1.2, 1.4 and 1.7 have been revised) and 'Safe supplies: A picture for policy, blood donations UK 2015 infographic' (year has been amended in the first graphic).

  13. Amendment to Safe supplies: supplementary data tables and figures, 2015: tables 1.2, 1.4 and 1.7 have been revised.

  14. Added Safe Supplies: A picture for policy 2015 infographics and supplementary data tables.

  15. Added data sources and methods for 2014 annual report.

  16. Added link to survey for 2014 annual review.

  17. Added infographics for the 2014 annual review.

  18. Addition of 2014 annual review and supplementary tables.

  19. Updated to include 'Safe supplies: reflecting on the population, infographic summary 2013'.

  20. The supplementary data tables and figures (2013) have been added.

  21. First published.