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Public Workshop on Measurement Methods for Hemoglobin and Iron Stores in Blood Donors

Description: The objective of this workshop is to discuss how current hemoglobin qualification standards and interdonation intervals affect donor health and blood availability, measurement of hemoglobin and iron stores, and mitigation of iron deficiency in blood donors.

Public Health Outcome: This workshop contributes to public heath since it explores whether current science and regulation ensures blood donor safety and an adequate blood supply.

Accomplishment: The public workshop served as a forum for discussion of hemoglobin and hematocrit donation standards, current methods for hemoglobin measurement, iron loss and iron measurement methods in blood donors, and strategies to maintain adequate donor iron stores. The workshop included presentations and panel discussions from experts knowledgeable in the field from academic institutions, government Agencies, and industry. The information derived from this workshop will be considered when developing policy and guidance modifications. A transcript of the workshop has been posted on the FDA website, at the following link: http://www.fda.gov/downloads/BiologicsBloodVaccines/NewsEvents/WorkshopsMeetingsConferences/UCM281477.pdf

Briefing Status: COMPLETED

Prior Briefing Status: ON TRACK

Milestone DescriptionMilestone DateMilestone StatusMilestone Completion Date

A. Identify planning committee


Completed 1/28/2011

B. Identify co-sponsors


Completed 2/28/2011

C. Draft agenda


Completed 4/8/2011

D. Confirm speakers


Completed 5/19/2011

E. Publish Federal Register notice


Completed 8/17/2011

F. Conduct workshop


Completed 11/9/2011

G. Evaluate workshop and plan next steps


Completed 12/12/2011

H. Provide a published transcript of the workshop


Completed 11/29/2011

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