Stem cell banks in Serbia will be obliged to get a NetCord-FACT certificate under new regulations imposed by the Health Ministry’s Biomedicine Department, the Beta news agency reported on Tuesday quoting a letter from the ministry department sent to all stem cell banks.
The certificate is issued by the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT) working with the World Marrow Donor Association (WMDA) to blood and stem cell banks which comply with internationally accepted quality standards. The certificate holders have to follow strict procedures in collecting stem cells at birth, their transport and sample analysis, freezing and use in medical treatment.
The letter, signed by department chief Vesna Rakonjac, recalled that Serbia recently adopted a law on human cells and tissue which regulates quality and safety. That law is covered in chapter 28 in Serbia’s pre-accession negotiations with the European Union and includes all the recommendations made in severn directives, Rakonjac said at an earlier presentation of the draft law.
Serbia does not have its own umbilical cord stem cell bank and uses foreign stem cell banks which have storage facilities in the country.