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Council on Scientific Affairs
Charge: To foster excellence in the practice and safety of transfusion medicine*; to advocate the best interests of patients and donors; to define and monitor emerging technologies in transfusion medicine; to enhance effective CAP proficiency testing and laboratory accreditation programs for facilities involved in the field of transfusion medicine; to provide medical and technical expertise as well as education for the CAP staff and members in transfusion medicine related testing, practice, risks and related areas; to identify proactively, emerging uses and hazards of therapies in the field of transfusion medicine; to maintain liaison, in collaboration with the Council on Government and Professional Affairs, with other organizations and governmental agencies concerned with transfusion medicine, policies, regulations, and related issues.
* Transfusion medicine is the specialty of medicine concerned with collection, processing, testing and administration of blood components, blood products, cellular therapy and tissue products; with provision of direct patient/donor care for those who undergo apheresis, therapeutic phlebotomy and transfusion; and with participation in regenerative medicine.
Number of face-to-face meetings: 3
Length of each meeting: 2 meetings are 2 days each, 1 meeting (typically the fall meeting) is 1 day.
Typical meeting days of the week: Saturday and Sunday
Location of meetings: Usually within 50 miles of an
airport. The fall meeting is held either prior to or following the CAP
Number of conference calls: Approximately
5 per year (1 hour duration) per year for regular committee business
(Primarily the chair and vice-chair with member involvement when needed)
and up to 6 for discussion with vendors and other issues requiring non-committee
Hours of committee work required outside of
Member: 30+ hours
Vice Chair: 45+ hours
Chair: 75+ hours
Additional travel or time commitments:
The committee chair is required to attend the CSA Leadership
meetings, which take place two times a year. Committee member attendance
at the CAP annual meeting is strongly encouraged.
The traditional primary activities of the committee
are the specification of proficiency testing surveys for analytes related
to transfusion medicine and analysis of these testing results as well
as refining the checklist used in the accreditation process of the College.
The committee has been active in creating new PT challenges, developing
15 new surveys over the last five years. Education of pathologists and
technologists has also been an important committee function. The venue
and manner of this education have evolved over the years and currently
are concentrated on educational enhancements associated with the J Series
survey and with seminar presentations at the CAP annual meeting. The committee
remains alert for changes in the regulatory and legislative arenas to
ensure that pathologists are kept abreast of important changes and that
the College’s programs assist in maintaining compliance with requirements
and applicable standards of practice.
The committee needs members who, among them, offer
experience and expertise in all areas of blood banking and transfusion
medicine, from those related to blood collection (such as donor selection
and infectious disease testing), to those related to transfusion medicine
(including therapeutic apheresis, stem cell therapies, and tissue banking).
Beyond the close-knit camaraderie and the pleasure
of knowing that one’s work is assisting others in theirs, committee
members benefit from keeping each other up-to-date on a broad range of
issues and staying abreast of cutting edge issues.
Representation on committee beyond the CAP:
- Two consultant
- Five liaisons, one each from AABB, ABC, ARC, ASFA and FACT