REFERENCE SECTION GLOSSARY 6: DONOR REGISTRIES AND ION CODES

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An Issuing Organization Number (ION), is a number/code allocated to a donor registry for its identification. These ION codes have been correctly assigned to donor registries within the EBMT Database.

The ION code identifies organizations that issue GRIDs and is assigned by ICCBBA (International Council for Commonality in Blood Banking Automation – formed in 1974 to standardize and automate how blood and blood product information is recorded and how blood products are traced from donor to recipient.) A unique random ION is assigned to each issuing organization. The ION is a 4-digit number between 1000 and 9999. The ION is used as the first 4 characters within a GRID to create global uniqueness and may also be used for other purposes (e.g., databases) to identify organizations that assign GRIDs.

Once assigned, an ION will not be reassigned to another organization

This link provides more detailed information on rules linked to ION codes and GRID:

 ISBT 128 Standard Global Registration Identifier for Donors: ION Database and GRID Rules (iccbba.org)

The following sections have been broken down into smaller alphabetical sections for easy reference. Have a look through the all the different countries and see which overseas donor registries have Ion codes



The donor registries ION codes table has been split into smaller alphabetical sections for ease of reference. The key for the donor registry types featured within the tables is below:

CENTRE TYPEEXPLANATION
CBBCORD BLOOD BANK
CBUCORD BLOOD UNIT
DCDONOR CENTRE
DRDONOR REGISTRY
TCTRANSPLANT CENTRE

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