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The Gift of Life Marrow Registry will require global cooperative registries requesting donors on behalf of their member transplant centers to either cryopreserve products or have readily available an alternative donor or product for their patients beginning on January 17, 2022. This is in effect for all NEW requests received on or after this date, until further notice. Cryopreservation services are available upon request at Gift of Life’s cellular therapy laboratory when donors are collected at its Gift of Life – Be The Match Collection Center. Please address questions to your Gift of Life case manager. 

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Transplant Center Criteria

Transplant Centers must meet the following criteria, outlined below, on an ongoing basis in order to request donors from the Gift of Life Marrow Registry. Centers interested in establishing participation agreements with Gift of Life must contact Barby Sloven at 1-561-982-2900.

Centers that request donors through a cooperative registry that maintains a participation agreement with Gift of Life do not need to establish separate transplant center participation agreements. They represent that their member transplant center meets Gift of Life Standards, regulatory requirements, and World Marrow Donor Association Standards. 

Facility Characteristics

Transplant Centers shall:

Be accredited by the Joint Commission, the American Osteopathic Association’s Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP), or the non-US equivalent for Transplant Centers located outside the United States. Transplant Centers may also be accredited by the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapies (FACT) or be a member transplant center of the U.S. National Marrow Donor Program.

Have adequate physical resources to run an HPC transplant program, including, but not limited to, designated inpatient units that minimize airborne contamination; designated sites for management of search activities; and designated areas for outpatient evaluation and treatment available 24 hours per day and seven days per week—to reduce the risk of transmission of infectious agents.

Personnel and Transplant Team

Transplant Centers shall:

Policies and Procedures/Insurance

Transplant Centers shall:

Maintain adequate written policies and procedures relating to their transplant programs and quality assurance and improvement processes.

Ensure that their patients for whom Gift of Life donors are requested to donate HPCs give appropriate informed consent for their procedures and for the use of the particular donor(s) whose HPCs are intended for transplantation, including any unusual donor test results or characteristics that might increase the risk of transplantation-related harm to the recipient.

Procure and maintain, at their sole expense, policies of insurance with minimum limits specified in their participation agreements with Gift of Life, insuring them against any claims, liabilities, damages, and judgments that may arise as a result of carrying out their responsibilities under this Agreement.

Transport Policy

Transplant Centers and Cooperative Registries are requested to provide and train their own couriers on proper practices and regulatory requirements for the domestic and international transportation of HPC products according to the World Marrow Donor Association’s Transport Guidelines. Click here for full details.