Blood Regulations – Canada – 23 October 2013

Posted on October 25, 2013. Filed under: Haematology |

Blood Regulations – Canada – 23 October 2013

“Today, the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, announced the adoption of new blood regulations.

“Having, for the first time, a stand-alone set of blood safety regulations will enable Canada to respond more rapidly to emerging diseases, nation-wide blood shortages and fast-changing technologies, all the while ensuring that Canadians continue to have access to one of the safest blood supplies in the world,” said Minister Ambrose. “This is an important step and contribution to Canada’s healthcare system on both a national and international scale.”

The new Blood Regulations were developed after extensive consultations with the public, stakeholders, provincial and territorial governments, Canadian Blood Services and Héma-Québec. Having stand-alone regulations specific to blood and its components will serve to strengthen pre-existing requirements related to donor suitability assessment, collection, testing, labelling, storage, distribution, and importation. The regulations will officially come into force in one year to allow establishments to meet the new requirements.”

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