Human Tissue Authority

The regulator for human tissue and organs

Consent

Who can consent to cord blood donation?
In all cases, consent for cord blood collection must come from the mother.

Who controls the use of the preserved cord blood stem cells?
If the cord blood has been given to a public cord blood bank then the public bank retains control. If the cord blood has been banked with a private bank then usually the parents retain legal control over the cord blood. In BOTH cases, the mother can withdraw her consent for donation / storage at any time. In some cases, legal control of the cord blood unit may be transferred to the child when he or she reaches a specified age.