"Haemovigilance is required to identify and prevent occurrence or recurrence of transfusion-related unwanted events, to increase the safety, efficacy and efficiency of blood transfusion, covering all activities of the transfusion chain from donor to recipient." 1

In Australia, the National Blood Authority (NBA) is responsible for the reporting and governance frameworks for the National Haemovigilance Program. It reports on serious transfusion-related adverse events occurring in public and private hospitals. NSW has contributed data to the National Haemovigilance Program since 2008.

Clinical incident management and reporting

The requirements for facility or LHD level notification, analysis and reporting of adverse events related to the use of blood products is outlined in:

Patient safety data and information

NSW Health data on haemovigilance is collated from the Incident Information Management System (or RiskMan at SVHN). The Blood Watch team collates and analyses this data annually, identifying risks and opportunities to improve care at the system level.

Information on clinical incident reporting and management in NSW can be found on the CEC's Incident Management page.


  1. WHO Haemovigilance