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Stem Cells: Donors

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 153815, tabled on 14 June 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department has taken to work with international health organisations to ensure that best practice is shared on stem cell donation.

Answered on

21 June 2018

The Department provides financial support to NHS Blood and Transplant and Anthony Nolan to enable improved provision of stem cells for patients requiring a transplant including funding for targeted efforts to recruit people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds to the United Kingdom register. This funding has enabled the establishment of a unified stem cell registry for the UK, the ‘Anthony Nolan and the NHS Stem Cell Registry’.

Each of the UK’s stem cell registries that collectively form the ‘Anthony Nolan and the NHS Stem Cell Registry’ is a member of the World Marrow Donor Association – a group of organisations and individuals who promote global collaboration and best practices for the benefit of stem cell donors and transplant patients.