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At an international meeting, we offered round table discussions on six topics of red cell genotyping: one donor, patient, technical, and scientific topic each, plus two health care topics. Views were discussed among professionals in the field of blood group serology and genetics, and opinions polled for six current questions: anti-CD38 therapy and red cell genotyping; ethics of next generation sequencing for blood donors; ABO genotyping outside of routine applications; dry-matching in the absence of red cell antibodies; centralised vs hospital-based red cell genotyping; and implications if red cell genotype were available upon admission. We summarise the participants' input to our questions and discuss the topics in view of current literature. Round table discussions can raise the understanding among experienced specialists whose perception will shape the adoption of molecular immunohaematology to benefit patients and enhance patient safety.

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Willy A. Flegel - Department of Transfusion Medicine, NIH Clinical Center, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, United States of America

Qing Chen - Jiangsu Province Blood Center, Nanjing, China

Lilian Castilho - University of Campinas, Campinas, Brazil

Margaret A. Keller - American Red Cross Biomedical Services, Philadelphia, PA, United States of America

Ellen B. Klapper - Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA, United States of America

William J. Lane - Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA, United States of America

France Pirenne - EFS Île-de-France, Creteil, France

Gary Stack - Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, United States of America

Maryse St-Louis - Héma-Québec, Québec, Québec, Canada

Christopher A. Tormey - Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, United States of America

Dan A. Waxman - Indiana Blood Center, Indianapolis, IN, United States of America

Christof Weinstock - German Red Cross Blood Service Baden-Wurttemberg-Hessen, Ulm, Germany

Silvano Wendel - Hospital Sirio Libanês, São Paulo, Brazil

Gregory A Denomme - Blood Center of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI, United States of America

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