As outlined in the Statement released on June 17, 2022, Canadian Blood Services has temporarily suspended processing and storing cord blood units for transplantation due to supply chain shortages. Cord blood collections will continue, however, and any units collected during this temporary suspension will only be used for Other Uses, defined as:
- quality assurance activities such as training, validation, product/process improvement, and
- our Cord Blood for Research Program.
If you consent to donate your baby’s cord blood during this temporary period, it will only be used for Other Uses, which includes research if the “research opt-in" box is checked on the completed Permission to Collect consent form. If it is determined that your baby’s cord blood cannot be used for these purposes, we will discard it or return it to your hospital to be managed according to approved hospital policies.
Following receipt of your completed e-registration you will be sent detailed information by email requesting that you respond to acknowledge your understanding and confirm your agreement to proceed with donation during this temporary period. If you do not acknowledge the additional information sent to you and you arrive at the hospital in active labour, collection will not take place. If you do not see the message in your inbox, please be sure to check your Spam folder. If you do not wish to register due to this temporary change, please do not complete and submit the form. If you have already registered and would no longer like to donate, please call 1 888 2 DONATE (1-888-236-6283).