Currently manual processes with multiple steps create opportunities for human error. As more information about units of blood components and cell therapies is needed, labels become cluttered and more difficult to read. Manual entry of information such as antigen testing is error prone and inefficient. Extensible Markup Language (XML) data transfer and 2-D labels reduce the need for manual entry. Data transfer using XML offers an opportunity for a safe and efficient long term solution to the problem. This session will review the need for improved data transfer for blood components and cell therapies. It will include a discussion of the current status of XML data transfer and 2-D barcoding as well as describe a process for implementation.