Cord Blood Banking Bill of Rights

  1. Honesty – You have the right to an easy-to-understand summary of the benefits of umbilical cord blood banking as well as the limitations of stem cell-based medical therapies
  2. Transparency – You have the right to transparency and shall be entitled to the following information about your baby’s cord blood collection:
    1. Total Nucleated Cell Count (TNC)
    2. Volume of the collection
    3. CD34+ count
    4. Viability
    5. Sterility testing results
  3. Quality – You have the right to a cord blood bank that maintains rigorous benchmarks for storage to ensure that all collections are suitable for use in medical therapies.
  4. Integrity – You have the right to a cord blood bank that discloses any and all doctor affiliations that extend beyond a basic provision of service related to collecting cord blood.
  5. Accessibility – You have the right to equitable pricing. Pricing should be justified by the quality of the service you receive, not by sales and marketing expenses.
  6. Responsibility – You have the right to information about a company’s processing success rates, which should be displayed in a clear and concise manner that is backed up by a sample of the company’s entire inventory. Cord blood banks should never provide misleading or false information about the stem cells they recover.
  7. Fairness – You have the right to cancel your service at any time prior to collection without being charged a cancellation fee.
  8. Security – You have the right to have your personal data protected and never used for unintended purposes.
  9. Innovation – Your cord blood bank should be financially committed to advancing therapies and technologies related to cord blood and cord tissue.