Why is accreditation important to you?
Accreditation ensures your sample is being properly processed and stored. FACT and AABB accreditation assures doctors that the cord blood sample has met the highest quality standards —only 2/8 Canadian Family Cord Blood banks have both FACT and AABB.
Accreditations are voluntary and not mandatory, but Cells for Life has obtained them to demonstrate our commitment to quality.
Cells for Life is accredited by:
The Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy
FACT is the worldwide Gold Standard for cord blood banks and is the threshold for excellence in cellular therapy including bone marrow or cord blood transplant. FACT-accredited organizations voluntarily seek and maintain FACT accreditation through a rigorous process, demonstrating their belief that patient needs are paramount.
FACT includes requirements for both clinical and laboratory. Receiving a cord blood unit from a cellular therapy organization within this prestigious community of FACT-accredited organizations will ensure clients that they are in good hands.
AABB (Advancing Cellular Therapy Worldwide, formerly The American Association of Blood Banks)
AABB develops Standards that promote patient safety and quality. The AABB Accreditation program is internationally recognized as a symbol of quality.
Facilities that have achieved AABB accreditation have demonstrated the highest level of quality and have systems in place to make continual improvements.
Health Canada Inspected and Compliant
All Canadian cord blood banks must comply with the Safety of Human Cells, Tissues and Organs for transplantation regulations and the Canadian Standard Association's standards for Cells, Tissues and Organs.
The Regulations and Standards address safety in the processing and handling of these products, resulting in improved protection of the health and safety of Canadian transplant recipients. The purpose of this regulatory initiative is to minimize the potential health risks to Canadian recipients of human cells, tissues and organs.
Establishments that perform any of the manufacturing steps for cord blood must register with FDA should the cord blood units ever be used in the USA. If any of our clients should decide to be treated in the US, Cells for Life has already taken the necessary steps.
Cord Blood Association
As the leading cord blood bank in Canada, Cells for Life is proud to announce its role as a founding member of the Cord Blood Association.
The Cord Blood Association (also called The CBA) is an international non-profit organization that promotes the work of the cord blood community for the purpose of saving lives, improving health and changing medicine.
The CBA has five priorities which include: promoting standards and accreditation that lead to quality service; advocating the interests of the cord blood community in legislation, regulation, media relations, and education; expanding the market to better serve consumers; researching and adapting new technologies and therapies; and educating parents, healthcare providers, as well as the general public on issues pertaining to cord blood.