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America's Blood Centers seeking member input on developing a cord blood policy.

America's Blood Centers Board of Directors passed a policy decision on cord blood banking at its annual meeting last February. Here is the policy decision as reported in the March 19 ABC Newsletter:

"Cord Blood Banking. The [second action] will require ABC to determine a consensus position of its interested members on how the development of cord blood banks should be coordinated and how cord units can most effectively be made available for transplant from various cord repositories around the US. Clinical studies are showing that cord could become an important adjunct to marrow and peripheral stem cells for transplanting. Several cord centers around the country (including the New York Blood Center) have proposed developing a new virtual network for making cord available to transplanters, while other cord centers support the idea that the federally-funded National Marrow Donor Program should use its existing infrastructure to support the expected increasing transplant demand for cords.

Given the differences between the proposals, Congress requested a $1 million study by the Institute of Medicine to make recommendations on optimal cord coordination. With conflicting opinions among its members, ABC has taken a neutral/facilitating stand. However, the Board of Directors agreed that, in light of the IOM study and the expected increasing future importance of cord blood to blood centers, ABC should actively seek to learn what its members want to see as infrastructure develops to support growth of cord blood banking. ABC is expected to appoint a small steering committee to canvas its members and to make a recommendation to its board within 60 days."
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