Objective one

To reiterate firmly the Govt. commitment to provide safe and adequate quantity of blood, blood components and blood products.

   1. A National Blood Transfusion Programme shall be developed to ensure establishment of non-profit integrated National and State Blood Transfusion Services in the country.

  •           National Blood Transfusion Council (NBTC) shall be the policy formulating apex body in relation to all matters pertaining to operation of blood centres. National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) shall allocate a budget to NBTC for strengthening Blood Transfusion Service.
  •          State/UT Blood Transfusion Councils shall be responsible for implementation of the Blood Programme at State/UT level, as per the recommendations of the National Blood Transfusion Council.
  •           Mechanisms for better co-ordination between NBTC and SBTCs shall be developed by the NBTC.
  •           Mechanisms shall be developed to monitor and periodically evaluate the implementation of the National Blood Programme in the country.
  •           The enforcement of the blood and blood products standards shall be the responsibility of Drugs Controller General India as per Drugs and Cosmetics Act/Rules, with assistance from identified experts.
  •           NBTC shall ensure involvement of other Ministries and other health programmes for various activities related to Blood transfusion services.

   2. Trading in blood i.e. Sale & purchase of blood shall be prohibited.

  •           The practice of replacement donors shall be gradually phased out in a time bound programme to achieve 100% voluntary non-remunerated blood donation programme.
  •           State/UT Blood Transfusion Councils shall develop an action plan to ensure phasing out of replacement donors.

   3. The following chain of Transfusion Services shall be promoted for making available safe blood to the people.

  •           State Blood Transfusion Councils shall organise the blood transfusion service through the network of Regional Blood Centres and Satellite Centres and other Government, Indian Red Cross Society & NGO run blood centres, to monitor their functioning. All Regional Centres shall be assigned an area in which the other blood banks and hospitals which are linked to the regional centre will be assisted for any requirement and shall be audited by the Regional Centre. It will also help the State Blood Transfusion Council in collecting the data from this region.
  •           The Regional Centres shall be autonomous for their day to day functioning and shall be guided by recommendations of the State/UT Blood Transfusion Councils. The Regional Centre shall act as a referral centre for the region assigned to it.
  •           NBTC shall develop the guidelines to define NGO run blood centres so as to avoid profiteering in blood banking.

   4. Due to the special requirement of Armed Forces in remote border areas, necessary amendments shall be made in the Drugs & Cosmetics Act/Rules to provide special licences to small garrison units. These units shall also be responsible for the civilian blood needs of the region.