The British Bone Marrow Registry (BBMR) is a division of NHS Blood and Transplant.
The requirement is to establish a commercial insurance policy to cover finally selected stem cell donors against the risks of the donation procedure. It will provide a mechanism for compensating donors who suffer an accidental injury, which is not the result of negligence.
Insurers must demonstrate clear knowledge and understanding of the risks associated with stem cell donation.
The BBMR supports UK and International stem cell transplantation programmes by recruiting volunteer unrelated donors from the blood donor population. They are tissue typed and then available to be searched by accredited Transplant Centres for patients with leukaemia and other blood disorders. The BBMR recruits potential donors between the ages of 18 and 50. Donors remain on the register until their 60th birthday.
The source of stem cells for first and subsequent donations are from the Bone Marrow under general anaesthetic, or Peripheral Blood stimulated by Granulocyte Colony Stimulating Factor (G-CSF). Subsequent donations may also include blood lymphocytes.
The BBMR is a member of the World Marrow Donor Association, a network of International registries who exchange stem cell products throughout the world. Donors may be recruited anywhere in the UK. All collections are performed at designated centres in the UK. Donors do not travel overseas.
All donors have a full medical assessment to determine their fitness to donate. They are consented in accordance with the Human Tissue Act.
The policy will commence on 1 January 2011. The projected number of stem cell donations in 2011 will be up to 175. This may or may not vary over the period of the contract.
NHSBT require an insurance provide or broker to provide a minimum of 3 quotations per annum throughout the duration of the contract.