Cord Blood Laws in the UAE For Private Banks
If you are expecting a child, chances are you have heard about newborn stem cell banking. Whether you are thinking about preserving your newborn’s stem cells or know someone who has, there is a lot of information to know about the process. For example, what are the costs and benefits of private stem cell banking, and what should parents look for when choosing a private bank?
We know that planning for your baby’s arrival can be overwhelming, so today, we are laying out everything you need to know about newborn stem cell banking and how to choose the best private bank in the UAE.
What is Newborn Stem Cell Banking?
Newborn stem cell banking is a process by which the stem cells from a newborn’s umbilical cord are collected and stored for future use. Stem cells are the building blocks of your blood and immune system. They can be used to treat many diseases and conditions, including leukemia and some cancers, immune deficiencies, and metabolic disorders like cystic fibrosis, sickle cell anemia, or thalassemia.
While newborn stem cell banking has been used for decades to treat diseases like leukemia and lymphoma, it has only recently become available to the public through the use of donation to public banks or private storage. This is because it was not until recently that scientists discovered how these cells could be used to treat other diseases, such as Parkinson’s disease and diabetes.
In recent years, we’ve made strides toward understanding how these cells work in our bodies and what they can do for us. We now know they can help repair damaged tissue, build new blood vessels, and even regenerate damaged organs.
Regenerative Medicine Regulations in the UAE
Regenerative medicine is a branch of medical science that focuses on regenerating human cells, tissues, and organs to treat various diseases. And your newborn’s stem cells have unlimited possibilities when it comes to the future of regenerative medicine.
In the UAE, there is one private bank where you can store your baby’s cord blood for medical treatments later on, and one public bank where you can donate your baby’s cord blood for other people in need.
It is critical for future parents to know that the UAE has regulations for regenerative medicine, which were adopted in 2020. These regulations apply to all cord blood banks operating in the UAE. In an effort to regulate cord blood and stem cell centers, the Ministry of Cabinet Affairs and Future has passed new regulations that legislate and improve services provided by stem cell providers in the UAE. One of the laws requires all banks which collect and market cord blood stem cell services in the UAE must use a laboratory in the UAE because it is illegal to ship cord blood stem cells out of the country for storage.
CellSave: The First Private Stem Cell Bank
To Receive DHA Licensing
As we mentioned above, it wasn’t until early 2021 that a private stem cell bank received DHA licensing…and can you guess the name of that bank? It was us! CellSave is the first private stem cell bank to receive DHA licensing in the UAE under the new regulations! This is a huge achievement for us, as it means that our rigorous testing process has been recognized by the UAE government and acknowledged as being among the highest standards in the industry. It also shows that we are working hard to ensure that all of our customers are receiving high-quality products and services.
DHA is the regulatory body in charge of regulating stem cell banks in Dubai. They have strict criteria for licensure, and only established companies with years of experience can even apply for it. It is a huge deal to receive this licensing, and we are very honored.
So what does this mean for families looking to store their newborn’s stem cells? It means that when you choose CellSave, you are not only choosing the first DHA-licensed private bank; you are also choosing to preserve your baby’s precious cells with a trusted name in stem cell banking.
Stem cell banking is a new and exciting field of regenerative medicine that has been growing rapidly in recent years. The UAE is a hotbed for stem cell research, as well as many other fields of study. With such a rich and diverse culture, it’s no wonder cord blood banking has become so popular here.
For over two decades, CellSave has been working closely with parents across the Middle East to bring the unlimited potential of stem cell banking to their families. We have helped more families than anyone else to store their newborn’s stem cells today to guard against future diseases. To learn more information, contact us today.