The Ministry of Health, Social Security and Equality reports that it is preparing a regulation to establish only one bone marrow donors registry in Spain

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The Ministry of Health have published a press release which reports the following:

  • The Ministry would like to issue a reminder that Spanish patients who need a stem cell transplant (bone marrow or umbilical cord blood) have the same opportunities as any other citizen of the world to find a compatible donor.
  • If a donor is not found in Spain then the ONT-REDMO launches a search around the world through the global Bone Marrow Donors Registry.
  • Spain has been cited as an example for the donation of blood stem cells from the umbilical cord blood (UCB) and makes up 10% of all the units of UCB around the world, with a total of 51,719.  This is 7.5 times more than the UCB units in Germany, in relation to its population.
  • The ONT is in conversations with the Principality of Asturias to facilitate a way for the people who have registered, in good faith, in the DKMS-Spain database to be incorporated into the Spanish Bone Marrow Donors Registry, if that is what they wish. 

19th January 2012 -  The Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality is preparing a regulation to establish only one bone marrow donors registry in Spain.

The ruling, in the form of Royal Decree, will be passed as soon as possible.  The Ministry wants to protect the powers of the regional and national health authorities in relation to the donation and tranplantation of tissues and cells (bone marrow and umbilical cord blood, among others).

The Spanish legislation which determines these activities (RD 1301/2006) does not clearly express the existence of only one registry.  However, it does specify the powers of the Autonomous Communities and the Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality to regulate, establish and audit their activities.

The Royal Decree 1301/2006 regarding quality and safety of cells and tissues regulates the activities related to the use of human cells and tissues and processed products derived from them when they are intended for human use. 

Specifically, the regulated activities include donation, procurement, evaluation, processing, preservation, storage, distribution, application and clinical research.

Independent of the legal reinforcement to be done, the Ministry states that DKMS-Spain has illegally developed activities in Spain, which are come under the jurisdiction of the regional and national health authorities.  

Regarding the capture and administration of bone marrow donors and transplants, these powers have been delegated, in part, to the José Carreras Foundation - REDMO since 1994.  They have been audited and controlled by the regional and national sanitary authorities through appropriate agreements that guarantee the confidentiality and safety of patients and donors. 

The ONT-Carreras Foundation guarantees that all Spanish patients who require a stem cell transplant (bone marrow, umbilical cord blood, or peripheral blood) are attended to. 

The Bone Marrow Donors Registry (REDMO), coordination with the ONT, searches, on behalf of each patient, for a bone marrow or umbilical cord blood donor.  The search begins in Spain but if a donor cannot be found in our country then the search is spread wider through the Global Bone Marrow Donors Registry. 

Spanish patients who require a bone marrow transplant have the same possibilities to find a donor as anyone else in the world. 

The ONT also draws attention to the fact that Spain has been cited as a model case for the number of stem cell donations and transplantation, regarding umbilical cord bloodSpain currently has 51,719 units of UCB available in the storage banks, which is more than 10% of all the units in the world.   

This statistic is 7.5 times more than Germany, which has a total of 11,977 units for a population much larger than Spain.  Germany has opted for a different model to our donation and transplantation of this type of cell which has resulted in being complementary to the Spanish model.       

The ONT is in conversations with the Principality of Asturias to facilitate a way for the people who have registered, in good faith, in the DKMS-Spain database to be incorporated into the Spanish Bone Marrow Donors Registry, if that is what they wish.

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