'Cord Blood Connect' Registration Now Open

Fourteen organizations collaborating this year on CBA-hosted conference

Early bird registration is open through April15 for Cord Blood Connect, the international congress that embraces all components of the cord blood community – public and private banking, clinical and laboratory investigations, manufacturing, administration, training and education.

Convening Sept. 13-15 in Miami Beach, the congress will again have concurrent tracks for clinical and translational science and investigations, as well as education and training for cord blood bank administrative, technical and support personnel. CBA individual members can register early for $410, saving $200 compared to the non-member rate.

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Model Criteria Adopted for Banking Laws and Regulations

CBA Board seeks international harmonization for rules that govern cord blood banking

The CBA Board of Directors has adopted minimum requirements for laws and regulations that govern cord blood banking and cord blood banks. 

The problem: The laws and regulations for cord blood banking vary greatly from country to country, making quality assurance inconsistent and the movement of units across international borders difficult.

A solution:  Develop model criteria that can be advocated for harmonization of rules and regulations around the world.

A committee with representatives of 15 countries developed the draft Model Criteria for Cord Blood Banks and Cord Blood Banking that was published for CBA-member and public comment and has now been approved as association policy.

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Benefits of Membership

The CBA is an international, non-profit organization that promotes both public and family cord blood banking, with the objectives of saving lives, improving health and changing medicine.

Our priorities are advocacy, quality products and services, market expansion, research and development, and public and professional education. If you share these interests, you are cordially invited to join with us.

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Information for Expectant Parents

Expectant parents are faced with important decisions, even before their baby is born. One of the most important is a life-altering decision about whether to bank their baby’s umbilical cord blood, or donate it to help others. If the precious stem cells in cord blood are not banked, they are discarded as medical waste.

There’s no one choice that’s right for all parents. But health care professionals and parents have developed guidelines to help with the decision.

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