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Transfus Apher Sci. 2010 Jun;42(3):307-16. doi: 10.1016/j.transci.2010.03.002. Epub 2010 Apr 14.

Cord blood banking in France: reorganising the national network.

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  • 1ESSEC Business School (Paris-Singapore), ESSEC-sanofi-aventis Chair of Therapeutic Innovation, Cergy, France.


Paradoxically, France is one of the leading exporters of cord blood units worldwide, but ranks only 17th in terms of cord blood units per inhabitant, and imports 64% of cord blood grafts to meet national transplantation demands. With three operational banks in 2008, the French allogeneic cord blood network is now entering an important phase of development with the creation of seven new banks collecting from local clusters of maternities. Although the French network of public banks is demonstrating a strong commitment to reorganise and scale up its activities, the revision of France's bioethics law in 2010 has sparked a debate concerning the legalisation of commercial autologous banking. The paper discusses key elements for a comprehensive national plan that would strengthen the allogeneic banking network through which France could meet its national medical needs and guarantee equal access to healthcare.

Copyright 2010. Published by Elsevier Ltd.

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