The ISBT 128 publishes labeling standards for essential items that hospital lab professionals use, including blood bags. The ISBT 128 is the “global standard for the terminology, identification, coding and labeling of medical products of human origin (including blood, cell, tissue, milk, and organ products). It is used on six continents in disparate healthcare systems and is widely endorsed by the professional community. The standard has been designed to ensure the highest levels of accuracy, safety, and efficiency for the benefit of donors and patients worldwide. Additionally, ISBT 128 provides international consistency to support the transfer, traceability and transfusion/transplantation of blood, cells, tissues and organs.” (1).  

The ISBT 128 provides hospital lab professionals with a standard labeling format that ensures a consistent layout of the barcodes on blood bag labels. Critical information such as blood groups, product descriptions, and expiration dates should appear in fixed positions on the label. This reduces the risk of confusion when products from multiple sources are being used.   

Meeting the ISBT 128 Blood Bag Labeling Standards is seamless with PDC leading-quality Blood Bag Labels. Our labels allow hospital lab professionals to easily display all of the necessary barcodes and information on each patient’s blood bag to meet the 6 standards for ISBT Blood Bag Labeling. These 6 standard required components are: 

PDC pre-printed ISBT 128 blood bag labels, such as this O RH Negative label, are ready-made to help lab professionals identify the blood group. Additionally, pre-printed labels such as this Fresh Frozen Plasma Label make it easy to identify the product code.

PDC Laboratory & Blood Bank Labels allow hospital lab professionals to accurately identify patients, specimens, blood units, and more. Browse our portfolio and contact a PDC representative to discuss the best solutions for your lab today.


PDC shares in healthcare providers’ commitment to providing a safe and reliable patient care environment, providing hospital lab professionals with high-quality identification solutions for over 65 years. PDC laboratory solutions accurately identify patients, specimens, blood units and more to help labs with patient safety, specimen error reduction, workflow efficiency, clear communication, regulatory compliance and supply chain consolidation. With a vast portfolio and custom manufacturing capabilities, PDC is uniquely qualified to be a trusted supplier and partner. 

View all of the ISBT 128 Blood Bag Labeling Standards at the ISBT 128 website.

Source: ISBT 128

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Meet ISBT 128 Blood Bag Labeling Standards with PDC Blood Bag Labels
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Meeting the ISBT 128 Blood Bag Labeling Standards is seamless with PDC leading-quality Blood Bag Labels. Our labels allow hospital lab professionals to easily display all of the necessary barcodes and information on each patient’s blood bag. Get an inside look into how PDC can help your facility meet the ISBT 128 Blood Bag Labeling Standards and keep patients safe.
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