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  1/23/2012, Tevet 28, 5772

Rules for Private Umbilical-Cord-Blood Banks Approved


The Knesset Labor, Welfare and Health Committee approved, Monday, regulations for private umbilical cord blood banks which will regulate the training, implementation and supervision of collecting cord blood by private concerns. Stem cells from cord blood are used in treatment of 80 life-threatening diseases.

The regulations specify requirements and conditions for the establishment and operation of a private bank, what are the goals of the collection, what harvesting process is to be followed, will the unit be stored domestically or abroad, how the information is given to the mother, how to obtain informed consent and what to do in cases where the blood collected is not suitable for preservation . The regulations are scheduled to go into effect six months after their publication.