（只提供英文版本）Cordlife Earns Prestigious AABB Accreditation in Malaysia; Singapore and Hong Kong Facilities Re-accredited
SINGAPORE, 17 April 2018 – Cordlife Group Limited ("Cordlife", and together with its subsidiaries, the "Group") announced today that majority-owned Stemlife Berhad, Malaysia’s pioneer and largest cord blood bank, received its first-ever world-class accreditation. Cordlife’s Singapore and Hong Kong facilities have also been re-accredited by blood banking authority AABB.
AABB is a global leader in developing standards for blood banking, transfusion medicine, blood management and cellular therapies. Cordlife Singapore was initially accredited by AABB in 2005, becoming the first private cord blood bank in Southeast Asia to receive such esteemed recognition, while Cordlife Hong Kong earned its first in 2011. With AABB qualification, transplant physicians can be assured that cord blood units managed and stored by the Group have been handled according to the highest standards to support successful transplants anywhere in the world. To date, the Group has released cord blood units for the treatment of leukaemia, thalassemia major, cerebral palsy and other disorders to hospitals from eight countries. The Group is also one of the first private cord blood banks in Asia to release cord blood units for transplants and cellular therapy.
"There is no room for error when it comes to collecting, processing and storing cord blood, cord lining and cord tissue," said Mr Michael Weiss, Group CEO and Executive Director of Cordlife. "Families who chose to store in unaccredited facilities should be made aware that standards could potentially fall short. Given lives could be at stake, we do not take standards lightly."
Besides AABB, Cordlife Singapore is also accredited by FACT (Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy), another world-class international accreditation body for cord blood banks in the world. This makes Cordlife Singapore one of just six cord blood banks in the world to be accredited by both AABB and FACT. Within the Group, facilities across Asia are also accredited by other leading standards organisations, such as ISO and the College of American Pathologists.
The endorsement from AABB reaffirms the Group’s commitment to quality for safe patient and donor care; as well as to upholding the highest standards in the collection, testing, processing and storage of cord blood, cord lining and cord tissue.
"Accreditation in Malaysia and re-accreditation in Singapore and Hong Kong yet again demonstrate our medical, technical and administrative competence, and make testament to the world-class service quality and reliability that our clients have come to expect," Mr Weiss remarked.