Accrediting Organizations for Cord Blood Banks
There are only two accrediting organizations for cord blood banks that are recognized internationally. These two groups are:
obtained from bone marrow, peripheral blood, and umbilical and placental cord blood are developed by consensus within committees consisting of knowledgeable clinicians, scientists, technologists, and quality experts who represent the entire continuum of cell manufacturing and administration. With unparalleled depth and breadth, the Standards trace the entire life of a cell product from donor selection to collection, processing, storage, release, and ultimately administration to a patient. . . . FACT is the only international standard used in Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the USA. ” (Visit the site.)
Are you pregnant? If you are thinking about private cord blood banking or donating your baby’s cord blood to a donation program, you can use our interactive map to find the best option for you.
As a future parent, make sure you do your research on the banks or donation programs that interest you. What accrediting organization do they work with? How many cord blood units have gone to transplant? Are they supporting cord blood research? Where will your baby’s cord blood be physically stored? These and many more questions will help you decide what is the best option for you. Not sure what to ask? Here are a few frequently asked questions to get you started.