Blood transfusion-associated infections

Keeping the blood supply safe

Blood transfusion is an essential component in any healthcare system. However, even in the best of circumstances, several seemingly uncontrollable factors can make meeting blood supply demands a challenge.

Every year, over 118 million blood and plasma donations are collected for use in supportive care worldwide.1 Reliable access to safe blood and blood products is essential for patients who require transfusion to maintain or improve their health or to save their lives.

In 1998, the World Health Organization (WHO) introduced new measures to ensure the safety of donated blood and established a global database to address concerns about the availability, safety and accessibility of blood for transfusion.2

Since then, there have been major developments in mass screening for transfusion-transmissible infections with the identification of new infectious agents and significant improvements in the detection of markers of infection in donated blood.3

However, in many countries the recipients of blood and blood products remain at unacceptable risk of acquiring life-threatening infections that could easily be prevented.4


We are dedicated to helping save patients’ lives by providing advanced solutions to enable the protection of the global blood supply from infectious diseases…

Thomas Schinecker
CEO Roche Diagnostics        


Seeing the value in every donation


For more than 30 years, Roche has supported the delivery of safe blood products. Today, blood and plasma screening centers can work with the most comprehensive screening solution on the market.

Our high-throughput molecular and serologic systems enable a new era of efficiency with standardized, fully automated workflows that can be integrated with pre-analytical and post-analytical automation solutions through a fast transportation system. To help laboratories meet all global and regional screening requirements, Roche provides a full menu of highly sensitive and specific assays across Nucleic acid testing (NAT) and serology, with:

  • Comprehensive coverage of globally prevalent viral genotypes and variants
  • Ready-to-use reagents that do not require thawing, mixing, or pouring
  • Consistent results across multiple lots, portfolios and platforms through established technologies (ECL & real-time PCR)


As pathogens evolve and new ones emerge, Roche will continue to invest in the development of robust innovations that address the real-world needs of transfusion centers, blood screening labs, and most importantly, patients.

Close-up of female blood donor

Safety starts right from the source

Nucleic acid testing (NAT) and Serology solutions  

Bringing safety, reliability, and efficiency to donor screening.

  1. World Health Organization. Blood safety and availability. Accessed 12 October 2020.
  2. World Health Organization. Global database on blood safety. Accessed 12 October 2020.
  3. Busch MP, Bloch EM, Kleinman S. Prevention of transfusion-transmitted infections. Blood. 2019 Apr 25;133(17):1854-1864.
  4. World Health Organization. Screening Donated Blood for Transfusion-Transmissible Infections: Recommendations. Accessed 12 October 2020.