FAQ Information

Q. What are the standards for donation? How is the cord blood tested?

Each candidate undergoes comprehensive screening. which includes evaluations of their health, medical history and behavioral risks (smoking, sexual activity, travel, etc.). They are tested for infectious diseases, specifically: HIV, hepatitis B and C, T-cell lymphotropic virus, syphilis, and cytomegalovirus. In addition, we test the finished product for sterility, serology, and blood typing.

All screenings and evaluations take place under the supervision of a Medical Director. All processing is done at an FDA-registered, CLIA-registered laboratory. Our products are regulated under 21 CFR 1271, and, in particular, 21 CFR 1271.10. (human cells, tissues, and cellular and tissue-based products or “HCT/P”).

The extraction and processing methods utilized by EUCYT reduces the loss of structural proteins, cytokines and growth factors. The product is minimally manipulated and intended for homologous use, as defined in US FDA requirements for Human Cellular and Tissue based Products (HCT/P), 21 CFR 1271, and guidelines of the American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB).

Q. Are there any ethical concerns with using these cells?

Our product is isolated after a planned, full-term, healthy birth. There is no risk to the mother or the child, and all donations are completely voluntary. These cells do not have the ethical concerns of embryonic and fetal cells.

Q. How is EUCYT different from other donation centers?

Our staff is highly trained with years of experience in cord blood processing.The extraction and processing methods utilized by EUCYT reduces the loss of structural proteins, cytokines and growth factors. The product is minimally manipulated and intended for homologous use, as defined in US FDA requirements for Human Cellular and Tissue based Products (HCT/P), 21 CFR 1271, and guidelines of the American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB).

Q. Where is cell processing done?

All screenings and evaluations are undertaken with the supervision of a Medical Director. All processing is done at an FDA registered, CLIA-certified laboratory. All products are regulated under 21 C.F.R. 1271, in its entirety, and, in particular, 21 C.F.R. 1271.10 as human cells, tissues, and cellular and tissue-based product(s) (HCT/Ps).

Q. What are the qualifications to be a donor?

Maternal donors were determined eligible by the EUCYT Medical Director, after review of prescreening evaluations and test results. Blood test results, donor medical history, behavioral and social risk assessment, physical assessment, and information from family medical histories were used to determine that the tissue is acceptable for transplantation. All donations are unpaid and completely voluntary.

Q. Is donating safe?

Donors are screened and evaluated for medical and behavioral risk factors and communicable diseases, with microbiological testing of the finished products. Every product can be traced to the day and time of tissue processing and to the individual donor. All screenings and evaluations are undertaken with the supervision of a Medical Director. All processing is done at an FDA registered, CLIA-certified laboratory. Products are regulated under 21 C.F.R. 1271, in its entirety, and, in particular, 21 C.F.R. 1271.10 as human cells, tissues, and cellular and tissue-based product(s) (HCT/Ps).

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