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Keywords:

  • banking;
  • cord blood

Objectives

To investigate operational and technical practices within the field of cord blood banking.

Materials and Methods

Cord blood banks world-wide were invited to participate in a survey of collection, processing and testing. The survey covered a 12-month period up to August 1998.

Results

Replies were received from 18 cord blood banks. Analysis of the survey responses demonstrated wide variations in many aspects of cord blood banking.

Conclusion

There is a need for standardization to ensure adoption of best practice.