CORDSAVINGS

CORD BLOOD IN FRANCE

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    CORDSAVINGS SA
    Route de l’Ile-au-Bois 1A
    1870 Monthey, Switzerland

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    Téléphone : +41 24 471 40 00
    E-mail : info@cordsavings.ch

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CORD BLOOD IN FRANCE

Why does France ban the family storage of cord blood?

In France, it is forbidden to use cord blood for one’s child or for oneself. Although it is legal to conserve it, it can be conserved only for the benefit of others. Consequently, private umbilical cord blood banks are prohibited in France.

However, in the event of recognised therapeutic necessity, French law allows the possibility of cord blood being donated for the child or the child’s brothers and sisters. This has to be properly justified at the time of collection.

Besides, in 2016, some parents were able to obtain permission from the Regional Court of Grasse in Alpes-Maritime, to conserve their child’s umbilical cord blood for private purposes. By insisting on family history, they were able to justify their request as a therapeutic necessity and the cord blood was stored in a private bank in the UK.

And yet the great potential of the stem cells contained in cord tissue in regenerative medicine has been recognised for several years by The National Academy of Medicine. It is regrettable that French families do not have the right to free access to this current and future medical revolution. This has the consequence of depriving families that might have a sick child in the future of the right to benefit from the therapeutic progress constantly being made in the field of stem cell therapies (with or without gene therapy associated with the grafting of stem cells).

A little girl suffering from Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa, also known as Butterfly Disease. The story of hope for parents

The story of hope for parents

And yet certain cases obtain authorisation in record time. For example, on the initiative of INSERM, the Necker Children’s Hospital and the specialist research team at the transfusion centre of the Percy Army Training Hospital, CordSavings intervened as private stem cell bank on behalf of a little boy in France.
Indeed, CordSavings carried out treatment and cryoconservation of umbilical cord blood and tissue collected from this little newborn child at the express request of the French health authorities. In this particular case, with the additional authorisation of ANSM, the French Medicines Agency. The objective was to treat his older sister, who was suffering from a serious and particularly painful illness (dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa, also known as “butterfly syndrome”).

CordSavings is a biotechnology company and biobank in Monthey, specialising in the cryopreservation of umbilical cord stem cells, offering services for the conservation of newborn umbilical cord blood and tissues. About us - Our laboratory at BioArk - Cord blood in France

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We’re here to help you get started and answer all your questions. And if you’d like to find out more about the benefits of stem cell preservation and make an initial contact, our team will take your calls and do its best to be there for you.

CordSavings is a biotechnology company and biobank in Monthey, specialising in the cryopreservation of umbilical cord stem cells, offering services for the conservation of newborn umbilical cord blood and tissues. About us - Our laboratory at BioArk - Cord blood in France

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