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Reputation & Testing

CryoSave is the founding stem cell bank in South Africa. With no public stem cell bank in Africa, the CryoSave laboratory based in Pretoria has been providing access to private stem cell processing and storage services in Southern Africa for the last 20 years.

CryoSave SA is the trusted family stem cell bank in South Africa. CryoSave SA has partnered with PBKM Famicord, the number one cord blood bank in Europe and the 5th biggest in the world. PBKM Famicord offers services in over 20 countries around the world and also has the most experience in the transfer of material for transplantation.

CryoSave is passionate in the pursuit of world class processing:

• Unique in South Africa – Specialised cord blood processing through the Sepax II FAMCORD protocol using a BioSafe Sepax blood processing kit.

• South African market leader – Testing cord tissue stem cells to determine viability by fluorescent staining and photographic evidence of viable tissue stem cells.

World Class Facilities

The CryoSave laboratory is our state-of-the-art processing and storage facility. The cord blood and tissue are processed according to international standards.

All cord blood samples are processed using an internationally validated processing and cryopreservation protocol.

Viability, cell counts and sterility tests will be conducted on cord stem cells.

The cord blood stem cells and tissue will be kept in a liquid nitrogen storage tank (between -196 and -150 degrees Celsius) inside our secured facility for long term storage.

International 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.

“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.”

The CryoSave difference – providing families who believe in the future of regenerative medicine and tissue engineering access to current and future stem cell therapies.

As part of your birthing plan, contact us as early in your pregnancy as possible.

CryoSave Partnerships


CryoSave South Africa has partnered with MULTIPLY, MMI Holdings’ wellness and rewards programme to provide members of the programme with an exclusive service when storing their baby’s umbilical cord stem cells at birth. To find out more, please contact us directly on


CryoSave South Africa has partnered with CAMAF Medical Scheme to provide their members with an exclusive service when it comes to storing their baby’s umbilical cord stem cells at birth. To find out more, please contact us directly on


Founding member of The South African Tissue Bank Association (SATiBA). SATiBA is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to support all South African tissue banks in regulatory and legal matters, data collection, training, accreditation, quality assurance, communication and collaboration, and more. There is a need for the industry to take responsibility for its own future and development due to a lack of government support and funding, but this can only be achieved through cooperation and agreement between the various stakeholders.


The Parent’s Guide to Cord Blood started out as a website in 1998. It was intended as an informal public service project in memory of Shai, the daughter of the founder Dr Frances Verter. In 2007 a Board of Directors was recruited, and the Parent’s Guide to Cord Blood incorporated as a non-profit foundation. The primary mission of the Parent’s Guide to Cord Blood is to educate parents with accurate and balanced information about cord blood medical therapies and cord blood storage options.

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