March 09, 2015

Cord blood banking has been around for a several decades and the number of banks is on the rise. With so much information floating around, it can almost seem like an intimidating task when it comes to choosing the right one for your family. You’ll wonder which umbilical cord blood bank is the best and why. You’ll compare and contrast different companies to determine which best meets your family’s needs and why one stands out above another. You’ll check each bank’s history and learn about the benefits they offer. You’ll also check their accreditations and licensing…and here is where you’ll hit a road block in many cases.

It is reasonable to initially believe that all cord blood banks are regulated the same and that, by law, all abide by a set standard for operation and licensure. You’ll be surprised then when you discover that is not the case here in the United States. Actually, many families are quite stunned when they learn that FDA licensing is not a requirement for private cord blood banks and that very few private banks take the steps to mirror that accreditation or raise their processing to the same level as licensed banks. Currently, federal regulations only require FDA licensing for public cord blood banks. The primary reason for the discrepancy in protocols is because, unlike public cord blood banks, private banks typically deal in only autologous cord blood transplants.

There are, in fact, only five such cord blood banking facilities worldwide that are approved by the FDA to manufacture cord blood as a drug and CariCord’s laboratory is one of them. Parents, when you choose CariCord you can rest assured that you are in good hands knowing that we ARE one of those few facilities.

CariCord and the public University of Colorado Cord Blood Bank are both major components of ClinImmune Labs and we share a licensed processing facility. Every cord blood unit received, no matter which bank it is intended for, is processed by the same expert staff in the same laboratory. The highly equipped, state-of-the-art lab features a Class 10,000 clean room and advanced processing equipment. Identical procedures and protocols are followed for processing and storage. Because of our partner affiliation with this public bank, the quality of our processing is assured.

This type of qualification should factor greatly into your choice of a cord blood bank. Your family deserves the highest quality possible and by banking with a licensed facility you are guaranteed just that. We put quality first and take pride in earning your family’s trust as your chosen cord blood bank.

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