With no public stem cell bank in Africa, the CryoSave laboratory based in Pretoria provides access to private stem cell processing and storage services in Southern Africa. It complies with and has been awarded AABB accreditation for operating according to internationally governed policies, processes and procedures.
Established in 1947, AABB (formerly known as the American Association of Blood Banks) is an international, not-for-profit association dedicated to the advancements of science and practice of transfusion medicine and related biological therapies. The association is committed to improving health by developing and delivering standards, accreditation and educational programmes and services to optimise patient and donor care and safety.
Accreditation by the association follows an intensive on-site assessment by specially trained assessors who established that the level of technical and administrative performance within the facility meets or exceeds the standards set by the Association.
“The AABB Accreditation procedures are voluntary,” Dr Robert Crookes, Medical Director of CryoSave South Africa explained. “CryoSave South Africa has sought AABB accreditation as this programme assists facilities around the world in achieving excellence by promoting a level of professional and technical expertise that contributes to quality performance and patient safety.”