The Cord Blood Law
As a result of ICBB’s efforts, to date Israel’s Public Cord Blood Banks have received 3, 000,000 Shekels from the Ministry of Health. This is the beginning of the long awaited and much needed support, and an important milestone on the way to realizing ICBB’s vision of increasing the numbers of life-saving units in Israel’s Public Cord Blood Banks.
Through the active support and unstoppable conviction of Knesset members Moshe Kachlon and Ze’ev Bielski, ICBB initiated & helped spearhead the creation of Israel’s Cord Blood Law.
The bill, which includes state support to grow the public Cord Blood Banks by almost 1,000 additional units per year, was passed into law in July 2007. Over the following years ICBB has worked with the Ministries of Health and Finance to find ways to expedite and implement the law.
The Road from Legislature to Reality
In June 2010, Israel’s Deputy Minister of Health, Rabbi Ya’akov Litzman, approved the initial step of funding of an annual 3 million shekels (almost a million dollars) to the Israel public Cord Blood Banks. Subsequently, the Knesset’s Labor, Social Affairs and Health committee convened under Chairman Haim Katz to define the medical regulations and procedures the activities of Israel’s public Cord Blood Banks.
Israel’s Cord Blood Law defines the exact protocols for collecting, processing and preserving Cord Blood units. It regulates the control and supervision from the initial collection to use in transplantations. In this way there now finally begins to be a clear set of governing criteria of the processes for both private and for public Cord Blood banks.
This Cord Blood Law is an important milestone in ICBB’s mission.
- It provides state funding for Public Cord Blood Banks that until now have been supported solely by private contributions and the dedicated voluntary work of medical professionals and private citizens.
- The passage of the law and the debate surrounding it has raised awareness to the critical need for a fully stocked public Cord Blood Bank.
- The law provides legal safeguards by creating clear criteria for the processing of Cord Blood collection and use, including that of the private Cord Blood banks.