Below we refer to a convention (ISBT 128) for encoding the manufacturer’s catalogue and lot numbers. ISBT 128 is recognised by the UK Blood Transfusion Services which are progressing towards full compliance for their therapeutic products and associated critical consumables.
To achieve ISBT 128 compliance the UK Blood Transfusion Services will adopt the ISBT 128 convention for the manufacturer’s catalogue and lot number barcodes on critical consumables. ISBT 128 codes the manufacturer’s identity and catalogue number in one barcode and the lot number in a separate barcode. For ISBT, both the catalogue and lot number are required to uniquely identify a batch of critical consumables.
Full details are provided in the current version of ISBT 128 Standard Technical Specification, which is available on the ICCBBA website (www.iccbba.org). The following data structures apply: