The Human Tissue Act 2004, the Human Tissue Regulations 2007 and associated Codes of Practice have all now transposed the European Union Tissue and Cells Directive (EUTCD) into UK law. The Anthony Nolan Cord Blood Programme holds a license from the Human Tissue Authority. This proves we comply with all of the requirements of this regulatory body. A major feature of the Human Tissue Act is that it makes consent the fundamental principle for the lawful removal, storage and use of human tissue (umbilical cord blood is classed as a tissue by the HTA). The Human Tissue Authority have issued Codes of Practice which detail recommendations in these areas. We implicitly incorporate many Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) to further enhance the quality and safety of our products.
The Anthony Nolan Cord Blood Programme is a NetCord-FACT accredited bank. The mission of NetCord is to promote high quality cord blood banking and clinical use of umbilical cord blood for allogeneic stem cell transplantation. FACT was founded in 1996 by its two parent organisations, the American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (ASBMT) and the International Society for Cellular Therapy (ISCT). FACT promotes quality medical and laboratory practice of cellular therapy through its peer-developed standards, and voluntary inspection and accreditation programme.
In terms of research cord distribution, we have obtained the necessary generic ethics approval to gain status as a recognised research tissue bank. We’ve done this through a UK Research Ethics Committee. It allows us to potentially provide processed umbilical cord bloods to external researchers without them needing to additionally apply to a REC for ethics approval for their project.
The Anthony Nolan Cord Blood Bank (ANCBB) Programme is committed to providing a service of the highest quality and shall be aware and take into consideration the needs and requirements of its users.
In order to ensure that the needs and requirements of users are met, the ANCBB will:
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