The cord blood is the blood of the fetus remaining in the placenta aſter birth and is rich in hematopoietic stem cells. These cells may be used to replace the stem cells mainly in patients with leukemia or other hematological malignancies, genetic diseases of the immune system, and for certain rare inherited diseases. It is an alternative source of stem cells which is advantageous in comparison to bone marrow due to the immediacy of access to the graſt but also because complete compatibility is not required.



The process of cord blood collection is simple, fast and does not involve any pain. It is performed by the obstetrician or midwife immediately aſter the delivery, when the umbilical cord is detached from the newborn. The blood remaining in the cord placenta is collected in the special collection bag. If at any point the physician feels that the collection of the cord blood may interfere with the delivery, the collection should be abandoned.

Within 48 hours of collection the cord blood is transported to the Stem Cell Lab at Nicosia General Hospital and undergoes a series of quality control checks; if it meets all the qualitative and quantitave criteria it is then frozen and stored in liquid nitrogen until needed for transplantation. Directed or family donation of cord blood may be considered appropriate in siblings of children suffering from a disease that may be treated with cord blood transplantation.



In the application form, the following are included: a medical history of you and your family, a signed consent with which you agree to proceed to the cord blood donation of your child in the public cord blood registry, and a signed consent of your obstetrician that he/she agrees to perform the collection.

With the completion of the application form you agree to the following:

  1.  The cord blood of your child will be evaluated whether it meets the storage criteria; only then it will be stored in the registry.
  2.  If the cord blood is not suitable for use in transplantation, it will be destroyed following standard practice. It will not be used for any research purposes without your written consent.
  3.  Samples from you and the cord blood will be tested for diseases that may be transmitted to the patient or may affect the transplantation process. All results will be kept confidential.
  4.  In case of any confirmed positive test results that may affect your child’s or your health will be provided to you with the corresponding professional counseling if necessary.
  5.  The cord blood unit will be tissue typed and then listed in the registry.
  6.  Six to twelve months post donation, you will be contacted and asked for any health related problems that may affect the suitability of the stored cord blood.
  7.  The cord blood will remain in the registry for 20 years or until it is no longer suitable for storage.
  8.  The cord blood unit will be given to any patient in need of transplantation independently of his race, ethnicity or religion.
  9.  There will be no financial burden to you regarding the cord blood storage of your child.
  10.  Upon completion of the storage procedure, the cord blood unit cannot be removed from the registry for any reason other than for transplant related purposes.


You may find the Application of Cord Blood Donation (here) and the information leaflet (here).  You can also call at 22772700 and  request a copy to be sent to you either by fax or email. Please send the completed and signed application form by fax at 22772888 or by email at and call the registry for confirmation of its receipt.