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RA 7719

RA 7719

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Republic Act 7719 - National Blood Services Act of 1994
By aziram
Published: 2006-02-22 09:55
Republic of the PhilippinesCongress of the PhilippinesMetro ManilaSecond Regular Session
Begun and held in Metro Manila. on Monday the twenty-sixth day of July nineteen hundred and ninetythree.
REPUBLlC ACT No.7719
AN ACT PROMOTING VOLUNTARY BLOOD DONATION, PROVIDING FOR AN ADEQUATE SUPPLY OF SAFEBLOOD. REGULATING BLOOD BANKS. AND PROVIDING PENAL TIES FOR VIOLATION THEREOFBe it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the Philippines in Congress assembled:
SECTION 1.
Title. - This Act shall be known as the "National Blood Services Act of 1994".
SECTION 2.
Declaration of Policy. - In order to promote public health, it is hereby declared the policyof the Stae:a) to promote and encourage voluntary blood donation by the citizenry and to instill ublicconsciousness of the principle that blood donation is a humanitarian act;b) to lay down the legal principle that the provision of blood for transfusion is a professional medical
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service and not a sale of a commodity;c) to provide for adequate, safe, affordable and equitable distribution of supply of blood and bloodproducts;d) to inform the public of the need for voluntary blood donation the hazards caused by theocmmercial sale of blood;e) to teach the benefits and rationale of voluntary blood donation existing health subjects of theformal education system in all public /private schools, in the elementary, high school and collegelevels as the non-formal education system;f) to mobilize all sectors of the community to participate in mechanisms for voluntary and non-profitcollection of blood;g) to mandate the Department of Health to establish and organize a National Blood TransfusionService Network in order to rationalize and improve the provision of adequate and safe supply of blood;h) to provide for adequate assistance to institutions promoting non-profit blood services, eitherthrough a system of reimbursement for costs from patients who can afford to pay, or donations fromgovernmental and non-governmental entities;i) to require all blood collection units and blood banks/centers to operate on a non-profit basis;
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 j) to establish scientific and professional standards for the operation of blood collection units andblood banks/centers in the Philippines;"k) to regulate and ensure the safety of all activities related to the collection, storage and banking of blood; andl) to require upgrading of blood banks/centers to include preventive services and education to controlspread of blood transfusion transmissible diseases.
Sec. 3. Definitions.
For purposes of this Act, the following terms shall mean:a) Blood/blood product refers to human blood, processed or unprocessed and includes bloodcomponents, its products and derivatives;b) Blood bank/center a laboratory or institution with the capability to recruit and screen blood donors,collect, process, store, transport and issue blood for transfusion and provide information and/oreducation on blood transfusion transmissible diseases;c) Commercial blood bank a blood bank that exists for profit;d) Hospital-based blood bank a blood bank which is located within the premises of a hospital andwhich can perform compatibility testing of blood;e) Blood collection unit an institution or facility duly authorized by the Department of Health to recruitand screen donor and collect blood;
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