Hemotherapy in developed countries is safer than ever but the present perception of society seems different than in the past. As Isbister wrote, during recent years, as blood safety has been progressively improved, the legal risks have been increasing. The first task is to study and define the risks for each activity. For me the management of risks may be achieved through the management of quality. The confidence of society in blood transfusion can probably best be obtained through a kind of recognised external quality assurance.
I intend to describe our targets, our difficulties and the factors that have made our certification a success. I shall focus on several points:
- •what quality represents;
- •what our haemapheresis service is;
- •what ISO 9002 standards are and why we choose them;
- •our difficulties and the factors of success.
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Accepted: November 1, 1998
Received: September 11, 1998
© 1999 Published by Elsevier Inc.