Having stored over 330,000 umbilical cord blood stem cell samples locally and in Europe since 2000, Cryo-Save is Europe’s leading stem cell bank and considered fifth most influential in the world by BioInformant.

With no public stem cell bank in Africa, the Cryo-Save 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.

About AABB accreditation

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 Cryo-Save South Africa explained. “Cryo-Save 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.”