Transfusion medicine

Canadian Blood Services supports best practices in transfusion medicine through the development of educational resources. Written by subject-matter experts from across Canada, our transfusion medicine resources support clinical practice and help health-care professionals stay current in an ever-changing field.

If you are a health-care professional working in transfusion medicine and have a comment or suggestions for new resources, please get in touch.

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Aditi Khandelwal
Transfusion Medicine Specialist and Hematologist

New interactive online modules support health-care professionals in understanding the basics of informed consent, including how to obtain an informed consent for transfusion of blood products and components, risks and alternatives.
Canadian Blood Services performs extended red cell antigen genotyping at the National Immunohematology Reference Laboratory (NIRL) using Grifols’ ID CORE XT assay. A new course (published January 2024) on interpreting these genotyping reports is now available. The course supports healthcare providers in understanding components of the red cell antigen genotyping report and the significance of the results.
Immunoglobulin (Ig) products are manufactured from large volumes of donated plasma. Ig products may be used as replacement therapy for immunodeficient patients or as immunomodulatory therapy for autoimmune and alloimmune disorders. Ig products include intravenous Ig (IVIg), subcutaneous Ig (SCIg), and hyperimmune globulins, including RhD Ig (RhIg), hepatits B immunoglobulin and others.

New Practice Eligibility Route for the Area of Focused Competence (PER-AFC) in Transfusion Medicine

The Royal College’s new Practice Eligibility Route (PER) for Transfusion Medicine has launched, and physicians may now apply for assessment. The PER is designed for physicians who have acquired the competencies of the discipline through professional development and clinical practice and wish to have their enhanced competencies and skills recognized with an additional Royal College credential.

The competencies and eligibility criteria are outlined in the application form which can be requested by contacting Tiffany Lynch at Additional information is available on the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada PER-AFC page.