American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) accreditation is an internationally recognized symbol of the achievement of quality and excellence in blood banking. Accreditation is granted only when a cord blood bank has met the highest of standards as set by this organization. At Progenics we've successfully pursued this voluntary accreditation.
Health Canada Registered
Progenics is registered with the Health Products and Food Branch Inspectorate, Health Canada. This ensures that Progenics’ cord blood banking activities are routinely inspected and that our cord blood is banked in accordance with regulations respecting the safety of human cells, tissues and organs for transplantation.
Progenics is also registered with the FDA (Food and Drug Administration). Public safety is an absolute priority at Progenics and our FDA registration assures our clients that we have disclosed all information about our company to the FDA.
The Importance of Banking Quality
It is important for cord blood samples to be stored at AABB accredited cord blood banks, which are recognized by the USA’s National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP). However, if a cord blood sample is stored at a bank that is accredited by AABB, or by any other organization that provides accreditation, it does not necessarily mean that the sample can be used for a transplant if needed. Suitability of a cord blood sample for transplant is determined by the number of cells stored and not by any special accreditation organization(s). Therefore, a good bank should be accredited by the AABB and in addition, should save more cells.