The Finnish Red Cross Blood Service is the only blood service organisation in Finland. Blood services are authorised and supervised by the Finnish Medicines Agency Fimea, which operates under the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health. The Blood Service is also authorised for pharmaceutical wholesale, tissue centre activities, production of cell therapy products (ATMPs) and laboratory work. The Blood Service is part of the Finnish Red Cross (FRC) and has a separate administration.
In between the FRC general assemblies and council meetings, the highest authority in matters regarding the Blood Service is vested in the Board of the FRC, which is also responsible for the activities and finances of the Blood Service. The Board of the FRC appoints the Directorate of the Blood Service.
The duties of the Directorate of the Blood Service include strategic planning and supervising the safety and effectiveness of operations. The Directorate of the Blood Service comprises a chairperson, a deputy chairperson and four members. Together, they represent multidisciplinary expertise within the areas of the Blood Service’s activities. The Secretary General of the organisation is entitled to attend and speak at Directorate meetings.
In 2022, the Chairperson of the Directorate of the Blood Service was Piia Aarnisalo and the other members were Harri Jokiranta, Maija Laaksonen, Eero Rämö, Simo Siitonen and Tarmo Martikainen. Directorate members received no payment for attending meetings.
The Chief Executive of the Blood Service is in charge of the implementation of strategy and the operations of the Blood Service and their further development. The Management Group supports the Chief Executive in these duties.
The Chief Executive of the Blood Service was Pia Westman. The Management Group comprised Kari Aranko (Quality Management, Research and Product Development), Jarkko Ihalainen (Products and Medical Services), Heikki Myllyniemi (Digital Services), Satu Pastila (Blood Donation Operations), Katarina Stendahl (Financial Services) and Willy Toiviainen (Communications and Human Resources).