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Our Licence & Accreditations

We actively seek accreditations that insist on the highest industry standards worldwide, ensuring that Biovault Family leads the way in ethical cord blood banking.

“Our work with the NHS and our care of samples goes above and beyond accreditations and compliance:
we want the cells to be usable, to help someone.” (Ben Charles, Quality Manager)

American Association of Blood Banks (AABB)

Respect | Integrity | Transparency | Excellence

The AABB are the world’s leading authority on transfusion medicine and cellular therapy, and promote the highest standards of care for patients and donors in all aspects of blood banking, transfusion and therapy. As AABB certified members, we consistently demonstrate the core values of the Association: Respect, Integrity, Transparency and Excellence.

AABB accreditation is globally recognised and is endorsed by the International Society for Quality (ISQua), which aims to: ‘inspire and drive improvement in the quality and safety of healthcare.’

Joint Accreditation Committee ISCT & EBMT (JACIE)

We are incredibly proud to be the only private tissue bank to be accredited by JACIE: the Joint Accreditation Committee for the two leading scientific organisations involved with blood and bone marrow-derived stem cells transplantation (European Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (EBMT) and the International Society for Cellular Therapy (ISCT).

As the processing and storage facility for the NHS South West Peninsula Transplant Service for peripheral blood and bone marrow stem cells, JACIE standards are proudly upheld throughout the Biovault Family facility.


Our Certificate of Registration for the Community Trade Mark was issued by The Office of Harmonisation for the Internal Market on 24/12/2009.  OHIM is the official trademarks and designs office of the European Union; its certificates are valid in all 27 EU countries.

National External Quality Assessment Service (NEQAS)

Biovault‘s Flow Cytometers are externally quality controlled by UK NEQAS. Since 1969 the United Kingdom National External Quality Assessment Service (UK NEQAS) has been providing a comprehensive worldwide service that enables laboratories to fulfil quality goals and facilitate optimal patient care.

Human Tissue Authority (HTA)

Consent | Safety | Quality

The HTA offers guidance to parents making cord blood banking decisions and regulates cord blood collection, testing, processing, storage and distribution.

Biovault is licensed by the The Human Tissue Authority (HTA) to process and store all transplantable material for human application. We are one of only a handful of tissue banks with this breadth of capability and encourage clients to read our biannual inspection report on the HTA website.

Biovault Family honours the three key messages of HTA cord blood banking: Consent, Safety and Quality, and are proud that we have never had any conditions placed on our licence.

ISO 9001 Standard

Maintaining the very best quality management processes is a critical part of our work, and Biovault has earned internationally recognised accreditation for its quality management process.

The ISO 9001 Standard is issued by the International Organisation for Standardisation, which governs the standards for business and government in 162 countries. It not only ensures that quality management processes meet regulatory standards, but also encourages continual improvement of these processes, something that Biovault Family takes very seriously.

Our ISO 9001:2008 Certificate number is: GB04/62552

ISO 13485 Standard

Biovault are also certified for ISO 13485. This Standard guarantees the comprehensive management system for the design and manufacture of medical devices. Certificate no: GB07/72849.

Tissue Banking Associations

We are active members of the International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories (ISBER)

ISBER is a global forum that fosters collaboration, education and the dissemination of state-of-the-art policies, processes, and research findings to promote cross-industry best practice in the storage of biological and environmental specimens. Our membership of ISBER is a measure of our commitment to ethical cord blood banking.

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