Blood Centres Can Only Charge Processing Charges For Blood

The Central Drugs Standards Control Organisation (CDSCO) has issued an advisory requiring adherence to the Revised Guidelines- 2022 for Recovery of Processing Charges for Blood and Blood Components issued by NBTC. The advisory states that during the Drugs Consultative Committee meeting it was opined that blood is not for sale and hence the blood centres shall charge only processing costs.

Transfusion Medicine Technical Manual Third Edition 2023

The current status reflects significant growth in blood transfusion services since 1996. Both government and non-governmental organizations manage blood centers, and the focus is on opening centers at the district level to ensure widespread accessibility. Transfusion medicine has evolved into a medical specialty, with over 50 institutions offering postgraduate courses. The Revised Manual underscores the importance of a well-coordinated national blood system to ensure the safety and accessibility of blood and blood products, aligning with global standards and advancing public health.