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Correspondence

This section contains letters that have been sent or received by AABB on issues of concern to the transfusion medicine and cellular therapies communities.

2017

Letter to Respond to “Crisis in the Sustainability of the U.S. Blood System,” Published in the New England Journal of Medicine - 10/27/17
Letter to California Department of Public Health: Supports Modifying State Requirement that Registered Nurses be Physically Present During Blood Donation - 10-20-17
Letter to Wall Street Journal Editor Regarding “Money for Marrow, Finally" Editorial - 8/14/17
Letter to CDC Regarding Changes to Hemovigilance Module - 1/27/17

2016

Letter to Congress Urging Rapid Enactment of Legislation for Emergency Zika Response - 6/15/16
Joint Letter to FDA Outlining Zika Concerns - 5/2/16
Letter to Congress in Support of S. 2689 (REGROW)  - 4/26/16

2015

Joint Letter to CMS Requesting the National Coverage Determination for Therapeutic Apheresis be Retired - 4/16/15
Joint Letter from Coalition of NHLBI Supporters to Congress Requesting More Funding for NIH and NHLBI - 3/24/15

2014

Joint Letter to FDA Requesting Changes to Apheresis Plasma Regulations - 8/18/14

2013

Letter From Boston Medical Center Commending AABB Members and the NBE for Providing Assistance After the Boston Marathon Bombings - 5/1/13 

2012

Letter to Congress Supporting Legislation to Allow for More Reasonable Proficiency Testing Referral Penalties - 10/3/12
Letter to Congress Supporting Bill to Expand Requirements to Report Studies to Clinicaltials.gov - 10/3/12
Letter to IRS Regarding Medical Device Excise Tax - 8/20/12
FDA Response to AABB TTD Request for Review of Blood Relative vs. First Degree Relative in CJD Screening - 4/20/12 (PDF)

2010

Letter to The Joint Commission Regarding Proposed Blood Transfusion Service and Donor Center Standards  – 10/22/10
Letter From U.S. Rep. Van Hollen Urging CDC to Enhance Collaboration with Private Sector on Hemovigilance – 7/21/10 (PDF)
Letter to Congress Calling for Maintenance of Funding for Vector-Borne Diseases Program at CDC – 4/9/10

2009

Letter to Facilities with ISBT 128 Variance – 7/16/09
Letter to Facilities with ISBT 128 Status Unknown – 7/16/09
Letter from CMS Clarifying MUE Policy – 4/14/09 (PDF)
Letter to HRSA on Specifications for Accreditation of Cord Blood Banks – 4/10/09
Response from the National Quality Forum Regarding the Definition of a Transfusion–Related Event – 3/5/09 (PDF)
Letter to the National Quality Forum Regarding the Definition of a Transfusion–Related Event – 2/12/09

2008

Letter to the FDA on a Draft Template for a Shorter Inter–donation Interval During an Influenza Pandemic – 2/14/08
Letter to FACT Proposing Accreditation Partnership – 2/4/08

2007

Letter to the AMA on Cord Blood Banking – 11/16/07
Letter to HHS on the Appointment of the Advisory Council on Blood Stem Cell Transplantation – 10/2/07