6 signs of a great Cord Blood Bank

We lead the way in cord blood banking, and we’ve been doing it since 2004. Our long-standing relationships with University of Plymouth and University College London support a team of top stem cell scientists. In 2017 our lead stem cell scientist, Shaun Mansfield, was awarded Knowledge Transfer Partnership funding. This was from Innovate UK to look into a safe, repeatable process to use stem cells for transplants. We have official accreditations that we’re very proud of. All this qualifies us as a great Cord Blood Bank.

Our accreditations:

Human Tissue Authority:

We’re licensed by the The Human Tissue Authority (HTA). This is for the processing and storing of all types of human transplantable material. We’re one of just a handful of tissue banks with this extended capability. Their three key messages of HTA cord blood banking are also our own – Consent, Safety and Quality sit at the heart of everything we do.


We are proud to be the only private tissue bank to be accredited by JACIE, the Joint Accreditation Committee for the European Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (EBMT) and the International Society for Cellular Therapy (ISCT).

American Association of Blood Banks (AABB)

The American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) is the world’s leading authority on transfusion medicine and cellular therapy. As AABB certified members, we consistently demonstrate the core values of the Association, namely Respect, Integrity, Transparency and Excellence. This is all globally recognised, endorsed by the International Society for Quality (ISQua).

Cord Blood Associaton

The Cord Blood Association (CBA) is an international, non-profit organisation promoting cord blood banking. They focuse on saving lives, improving health and changing medicine. We’ve been a CBA member since 2018. As such we take the greatest care around:

  • Advocacy
  • Quality products and services
  • Market expansion
  • Research and development
  • Public and professional education.

UK Neqas

Our Flow Cytometers are externally quality controlled by UK NEQAS. They provide a worldwide service since 1969, tasked with high quality patient care. No wonder we’re perfectly qualified to recommend the six signs of a great cord bank, to help you make the best decision.

Cord blood banking – Find the best bank

What are the 6 signs that you’ve found a top class umbilical cord blood bank?

Lots of experience –

The most experienced cord blood banks have released more than 1,000 viable cord blood units for transplant. We’ve released more than 4,000 stem cell units, so we’re well ahead of the curve. We’ve been doing it since 2004 which means we have more than 16 years’ experience in this innovative field. There’s nothing we don’t know about processing and storing cord blood.

Guarantees worth having –

Some cord blood banks provide a written guarantee in case a baby’s cord blood stem cells don’t graft properly. Our record is 100% success when it comes to grafting. Our first priority is protecting the precious cells in our care. That’s why we always store our clients’ cells in our own facility. It’s good to know we have the skills to stand by the safety of your child’s cells.

A varied Cord Blood Inventory –

We hold more than 42,000 cord blood units and 10,000 cord tissue units for our clients. All of these are expertly, carefully processed before being stored on-site. It’s Biovault Family that hold these numbers. As a rule, the more umbilical cord blood units a bank holds, the more experience they have.

A reliable collection kit and quality shipping protocols –

It’s vital to do everything possible to protect your baby’s cord blood while it’s being transported. This demands a very high quality collection kit. Ours meet or exceed the standards laid out by the American Association of Blood Banks, which means they’re the best available.

A variety of essential accreditations –

As you can see from the first section of this article, we have all sorts of essential accreditations to our name. Every accreditation helps make to clear to our customers that everything we do is done in the best possible way. Our many respected accreditations clearly demonstrate our commitment to you.

Pricing –

Some umbilical cord blood banks offer very low enrolment and storage fees. But the price is always less important than the bank’s level of experience. Other factors such as number and quality of accreditations, any realistic guarantees they make, and their overall capabilities are also important. Our pricing is competitive but fair and reasonable.

A warm Biovault Family welcome awaits you

Are you happy with our levels of quality and dedication to look after your baby’s cord blood? If so, we’d be happy to give you a warm welcome. We’ll be even more delighted to help you protect the health of your child.

Disclaimer: Biovault Family do not endorse or make recommendations with respect to research, medications or treatment. All information is provided for informational purposes only.


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Chief Executive Officer | Biovault Family

Biovault Family CEO, Kate Sneddon, joined Biovault in July 2009 and became Chief Executive Officer in 2016. As health industry professional her experience includes working as a microbiologist and leader at GSK for over 10 years. Her expertise in cord blood banking has been recognised in her awards, features in Parliamentary Review and Parents Guide to Cord Blood, as well as contributions to research with UCL and others.

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