A five-member committee to rate blood banks throughout the
country has been appointed by the Quality Council of India (QCI). This committee
will have two year tenure and regulate blood banks across India and ensure that
the blood provided to patients is safe. This initiative is an attempt to bring
down incidence of infections like HIV and hepatitis. The committee will
function under the National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and will inspect
and recommend accreditation for blood banks.
This accreditation will be given only if the blood banks ensure that the blood
volume is correct and no mixing of blood cells takes place after components
like platelets, white blood cells (WBC's) and red blood cells (RBC's) are
isolated. Presently the state drug control directorates issue license and also monitor
all the blood banks.
The committee will be chaired by
Dr. Bharat Singh of GTB hospital, Delhi. Other members of the board include Dr.
R. C. Khurana of the Escorts Heart Institute in New Delhi, Dr. Sukesh Nair of
Christian Medical College in Vellore and Dr. B. K. Rana, deputy director of the
National Accreditation Board for Hospitals.