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EU tightens rules on blood safety

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 06 October 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:800
  1. Rory Watson
  1. Brussels

    The European Union has adopted new rules on the quality and safety of blood and blood derivatives, such as plasma, used in medical treatment. The rules will apply from the beginning of September next year and will make more comprehensive the EU-wide requirements and standards introduced by the original legislation two years ago.

    Traceability rules cover identification, recording, and labelling requirements. They establish a verification procedure for issuing blood and blood components, introduce the concept of annual reporting, and set out measures …

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