Press release: The ONT and the José Carreras Foundation regarding the capture of bone marrow donors in Spain
Concerning the activities of the German company DKMS in Spain, in relation to the capture of bone marrow donors
The ONT, which is made up of the Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality, and the José Carreras Foundation's Spanish Bone Marrow Donors Registry (REDMO) held a meeting yesterday of the committee tasked with monitoring the MSSSI-FJC agreement. Among other issues, the activities of the German company DKMS in Spain was discussed and the ONT annouced the following:
- DKMS is a German organisation dedicated to the capture of bone marrow donors. In Germany it is both legal and has a high level of activity.
- DKMS-Spain is intending to illegally develop it's activities that according to Spanish legislation is in conflict with the Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality and the Autonomous Communities.
- Part of these activities were deligated to the REDMO run by the José Carreras Foundation 1994. They are audited and controlled by the national and regional sanitary authorities to ensure that the appropriate agreements are followed and that the confidentiality and safety of patients and donors is guaranteed.
- In order to develop their activities the José Carreras Foundation has had to:
- Form an agreement with the Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality to establish the capacity of the National Registry for Bone Marrow Donors (REDMO).
- Sign bilateral agreements with all the Autonomous Communities.
- Register the Spanish Registry of Bone Marrow Donors (REDMO) as a sanitary centre and obtain the authorization of tissue entities in order to develop their activities according to law.
- Obtain the administrative authorization of the Directorate General of Public Health MSSSI for importing and exporting biological samples.
- Register their data base with the Spanish Data Protection Agency and undergo annual audits at a maximum level of security.
- All of these legal instruments have the objective of guaranteeing REDMO's (on behalf of the National Health Service) quality of service to patients and donors.
- DKMS has not aquired any legal permits, agreements or partnerships that enable them to perform functions on behalf of the National Health Service, for this reason FJC-REDMO and the ONT insist on the illegality of their actions in Spain.