There have been great advances over the last decades in haematopoietic stem cell (HSC) transplantation, using either bone marrow, peripheral blood or cord blood-derived stem cells. The coming into force of the European legislation on tissues and cells and the consequent transposition of Directives into national laws have required the health authorities in the Member States (MS) and the scientific societies to review the transplantation activities to ensure the circulation of safe HSC products. Here, the regulatory inspection process performed by the Competent Authorities and the professional voluntary accreditation process of the Transplant Programmes active in Italy is compared.
Keywords: haematopoietic stem cell; quality management; transplantation.
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