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Receipt of Products

Blood components and products must be shipped to hospital customers in a manner that will provide protection for the shipment contents, maintain temporary storage conditions (as define by Standard CSA-Z902-10 Blood and blood components), and provide evidence of tampering during transportation. A packing slip is included that lists the contents of the shipment.



RBC, PPP, Frozen components – 8 litres
Exterior dimensions; 20.8” x 14.6” x 15”


Platelet components – 8 litres
Exterior dimensions; 18” x 11.25” x 11.5”

Frozen components – 8 litres
Exterior dimensions; 25.6” x 17.5” x 16”


Plasma Protein Products (PPP) – 16 litres
Refrigerated or 2-25o C temperature products.  The option exists to pack both refrigerated PPP and RBCs in the same box.
Exterior dimensions; 20.6” x 18.5” x 20.6”

Shipping Containers

Canadian Blood Services uses a variety of insulated shipping containers (ISC) with phase change packing material configurations. The type of shipping container is based on the required component shipping temperature and the duration of transport.

The new ISCs and packing configurations are designed to meet the performance requirements of Canadian Blood Services' shipping routes. They have passed industry accepted pre-shipment laboratory testing and are International Safe Transit Association certified. The validated packing configurations are suitable for all seasons.

The following customer letters provide more details:

Customer Letter 2017-03 (PDF); British Columbia and Yukon, Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatchewan and Winnipeg operations sites

Customer Letter 2017-16 (PDF); Dartmouth, NS, Saint John, NB and St. John's, NL operations sites

Customer Letter 2017-24 (PDF); Ottawa operations site

Customer Letter 2017-40 (PDF); Brampton operations site

Additional information

Insulated Shipping Containers Packing Configurations

Instructions for Returning Insulated Shipping Containers to Canadian Blood Services

Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) for Phase Change Materials

Ergonomic Information

Tamper Indication Device

Each shipping container has a tamper indication device applied after the shipping container is closed for shipment. If you receive a shipping container that is damaged or there is evidence of tampering, immediately contact your local distribution site. See Customer Letters 2013-17 and 2012-35 for more details.


Packing Slips

All blood components and plasma protein products shipped to hospitals are accompanied by a packing slip, inserted into the lid of the shipping container. In some of our locations, the plasma protein product packing slip may be placed inside the box . In most circumstances there is one packing slip for each shipping container. For plasma protein product shipments, there may be one packing slip for multiple boxes included in the shipment. The packing slip includes the name of the hospital and a list of the components/products in the shipping container. If there are any discrepancies between the packing slip (shipping address, contents) and the contents of the shipping container, including missing or extra components/products, immediately contact your local distribution site. This will ensure full traceability in the event of a recall/withdrawal or lookback/traceback.

See Customer Letter 2013-29: End Label and  Packing Slip Changes, Progesa Blood Management Software Upgrade, for more details.

Plasma Protein Product Packing Slip: see Customer Letters and2012-33 and 2007-07.

Visual Assessment Guide

Visual Assessment Guide

Following your facilities’ operating procedures, each component should be visually inspected. A Visual Assessment Guide is also available and Customer Letter 2009-11.

Each plasma protein product should be inspected for leaks or unusual appearance as per the package insert.

Contact your local distribution site if you have any questions about the appearance of a blood component or a plasma protein products.


Storage Conditions, Expiration Dates, and Storage Devices

Blood components and plasma protein products have defined storage conditions indicated on the blood component end label or plasma protein product box and/or vial. Storage conditions for blood components are also listed in the Circular of Information. Failure to follow storage conditions may compromise and/or damage the component/product, and cause suboptimal response to the transfusion/infusion or serious patient harm.

Each blood component and plasma protein product is labeled with an expiration date. See the Circular of Information or plasma protein product package insert for more details.

Follow your blood bank/transfusion service’s standard operating procedures regarding storage, storage devices, and temperature monitoring. Reference: CSA-Z902-10 Blood and blood components.



Please see Customer Letter 2014-07 for information regarding blood component and plasma protein product returns.

Product Return Form