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Tissue watchdog warns against unlawful collection of umbilical cord blood

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 10 March 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1381
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

    The Human Tissue Authority, the body that regulates the use of human tissue in the United Kingdom, is launching a campaign to remind health professionals and the public that umbilical cord blood must be collected only under licence by trained people, after reports of unlawful collections.

    Regulations introduced in July 2008 stipulated that cord blood can be collected only under a licence from the authority by staff with appropriate training. This is to ensure that cord blood is collected safely, is not contaminated, and is safe for human use.

    The authority is reminding people of this requirement after being notified of 140 cases where cord blood was collected unlawfully since the regulations came into force. A large number of cord blood …

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