International Organization for Standardization, ISO, is a very generic quality accreditation which may apply to any business or organization. An ISO accreditation indicates that the organization has well-documented procedures and follows those procedures. The motto of ISO is:

  • Say what you do,
  • Do what you say
  • Be able to prove it

Although ISO does not have standards for cord blood banking, many cord blood banks have ISO accreditation on certain aspects of their operations. Here are examples of ISO accreditations that are held by some cord blood banks:

ISO 9001:2008quality management systems
ISO 13485medical devices
ISO 15189medical laboratories
ISO 17025testing and calibration laboratories