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The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) have produced guidelines on cord blood banking. The HTA endorses these guidelines. These guidelines state that: -
'Cord blood must be collected safely. It is important that:
It is a requirement that the DI must have:
Where the HTA determines that a licensing standard is not met, the improvements required are stated and the level of the shortfall is classified as ‘Critical’, ‘Major’ or ‘Minor’.
An online tool-kit has been developed by the Department of Health and the Medical Research Council in conjunction with regulatory authorities, including the HTA. It describes the necessary arrangements to be made following choices specific to each project.
The HTA does not licence the end use of cord blood in medical treatment.
The Human Tissue Act 2004 (the HT Act) makes it an offence to give or receive a reward for the supply or offer of human material for transplantation.
The HT Act refers to ‘relevant material’, defined as ‘material, other than gametes, which consists of or includes human cells’.
Relevant material taken from a deceased person for analysis includes tissue samples, bone, blood, urine, stomach contents, hair and nails. DNA is not relevant...
Establishments should make an assessment of the likelihood of disease transmission from fresh frozen bodies or body parts, and take appropriate steps to minimise the risks of disease transmission to individuals handling the material.
Our Code of practice on Disposal provides detailed information on the disposal of relevant material which pre-dates the HT Act (‘existing holdings’). In relation to samples which should have been disposed of, but have not been, the HTA can be contacted to provide advice.
Women may miscarry naturally or pass the pregnancy by medical induction outside of a clinical facility. The woman may choose to dispose of the pregnancy remains herself, and in such circumstances advice on how to manage this appropriately should be available from service providers such as...