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General Assembly


Raised Bill No. 7158

January Session, 2007


LCO No. 4155



Referred to Committee on Public Health


Introduced by:





Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. (NEW) (Effective October 1, 2007) (a) On or before October 1, 2008, the Commissioner of Public Health shall contract, through a request for proposal process, with one or more public umbilical cord blood banks for a public cord blood collection operation within this state to collect, transport, process and store cord blood units from Connecticut residents for therapeutic and research purposes. The commissioner shall award the contract to the umbilical cord blood bank whose proposal is most advantageous to the state, as determined by the commissioner. No contract shall be awarded under this section to an umbilical cord blood bank unless the bank (1) is accredited as a public umbilical cord blood bank by one of the national accrediting organizations recognized by the federal Health Resources and Services Administration, and (2) has demonstrated compliance with applicable federal Food and Drug Administration requirements.

(b) Any such contract shall contain provisions requiring the private umbilical cord blood bank to: (1) Establish and operate one or more collection sites within the state to collect a targeted number of cord blood units; (2) implement collection procedures designed to collect cord blood units that reflect the state's racial and ethnic diversity; (3) set up public cord blood collection operations not later than six months after execution of the contract, provided the umbilical cord blood bank is able to negotiate any necessary contracts related to the collection sites within that time frame; (4) participate in the National Cord Blood Coordinating Center or similar national cord blood inventory center by listing cord blood units in a manner that assures maximum opportunity for use; (5) have a program that provides cord blood units for research and agree to provide cord blood units that are unsuitable for therapeutic use to researchers located within the state at no charge; and (6) maintain national accreditation by an accrediting organization recognized by the federal Health Resources and Services Administration.

(c) Nothing in this section shall be construed to preclude a contracting public umbilical cord blood bank from requesting an investment from this state to support collection, transporting, processing and banking of cord blood units, provided a provision is included in the contract requiring the public umbilical cord blood bank to distribute to the state a proportionate amount of funds generated from the sale of cord blood units, either from the public umbilical cord blood bank's general inventory or from the inventory of cord blood units collected within the state.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

October 1, 2007

New section

Statement of Purpose:

To provide for the establishment of a public-private partnership between the state and a public umbilical cord blood bank for the collection, processing and storage of cord blood units from Connecticut residents.

[Proposed deletions are enclosed in brackets. Proposed additions are indicated by underline, except that when the entire text of a bill or resolution or a section of a bill or resolution is new, it is not underlined.]