The Blood Programs Coordinating Office (BPCO) was established in fall 2005 by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC). In 2016, a new unit was formed where the BPCO was merged within the Provincial Agencies Trillium Gift of Life Network (TGLN)/Blood and Specialized Programs (PATB) unit. PATB’s work includes:
- System planning and service development for Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation in Ontario, including providing funding and oversight of TGLN and the Eye Bank of Canada – Ontario Division.
- Managing Ontario’s governance and funding relationship with Canadian Blood Services (CBS) in collaboration with other provinces and territories, except Quebec.
- Providing leadership and coordination in the implementation of the provincial Blood Utilization Strategy (BUS) to optimize the safe use of blood and blood products in Ontario hospitals and consequently achieve cost savings related to transfusion. The BUS programs currently funded by the MOHLTC are listed below:
- Ontario Transfusion Coordinators (ONTraC) Program
- Ontario Regional Blood Coordinating Network (ORBCoN)
- The Ontario Transfusion Transmitted Injuries Surveillance System (TTISS-ON) and the Transfusion Error Surveillance System (TESS)
- Factor Concentrate Redistribution Program (FCRP)