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Blood Center Licensing and Certification Program

A blood center includes a blood bank, a blood storage facility, a plasma center, a hospital, or other facility where blood or blood products are collected. Any facility that meets the definition of a blood center prescribed in Indiana Code 16-41-12-3 must be licensed by the Indiana Department of Health (IDOH) on an annual basis. A blood center must also be registered or licensed by the United States Food and Drug Administration and comply with all applicable federal regulations.

The IDOH monitors the health care quality of blood centers through the licensure process. IDOH surveyors visit centers annually for licensure inspections or more often if complaints are filed about a center.

Contact the Program

Indiana Department of Health
Division of Acute Care
2 North Meridian Street, 4A
Indianapolis, IN 46204
(317) 233-7474 (Acute Care Receptionist)
(317) 233-1325 (IDOH Main Switchboard)

Program Manager
Lorraine Switzer
(317) 233-7502
(317) 233-7495  [Secretary]

Report a Complaint or Incident to the IDOH

Report a complaint regarding a health care facility
Individuals can call or email to make complaints about care provided at any licensed or certified Indiana health care providers or suppliers.

Report an incident regarding a health care facility
The Incident Report Form is for health care facilities to notify the Indiana Department of Health of a reportable incident pursuant to the IDOH Reportable Unusual Occurrence Policy. The Incident Report Form is also for health care facility staff (nursing homes, intermediate care facilities, and hospice agencies) to report a reasonable suspicion of a crime against a resident pursuant to Federal regulations. This form is not to be used to file a complaint.

Consumer Information

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services/CLIA

Advance Directives Resource Center


Directory of Blood Centers


Application for License to Operate a Blood Center

Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services Forms

Laws and Regulations

Federal Laws and Regulations

Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act (CLIA) Requirements

Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Homepage

State Laws and Rules

Indiana Code 16-41-12

410 IAC 1: Indiana Communicable Disease Reporting Rule

Indiana Law and Rules Homepage

Indiana Register

410 IAC 1-4: Indiana Universal Precautions Rule

Limited Criminal History Search


Professional Organizations

AABB (formerly the American Association of Blood Banks)

American Health Information Management Association

Association of Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology

Indiana Donor Network

Clinical Laboratory Management Association

American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science

American Society for Clinical Pathologists

State Government

Indiana Public Access Counselor

Federal Government

Organ Procurement and Transportation Network

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)

Food and Drug Administration

National Patient Safety Foundation

Office of Civil Rights

Advisory Letters


  • AC 2012-01 Blood Centers Testing of Blood/Blood Products and Human Cells, Tissues,
    and Cellular and Tissue-Based Products (HCT/Ps)