Press releases

  • Creation of a no-fault compensation regime

    Everyone wins

    Montreal, December 16, 2009

    President and Chief Executive Officer of Héma-Québec, Dr. Francine Décary, welcomes the adoption of a bill creating a no-fault compensation regime for eventual victims of blood transfusions, grafts of human tissues or stem cells distributed by Héma-Québec. Quebec is the first Canadian province to adopt such a plan, which is intended to guarantee equitable compensation for all.

  • Grands prix québécois de la qualité

    Héma-Québec amongst the best-performing organizations in Québec

    Montréal, November 12, 2009

    During a ceremony held today at Montréal’s Palais des congrès, Mr. Clément Gignac, Minister of Développement économique, de l’Innovation et de l’Exportation, presented Héma-Québec president and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Francine Décary, with a Grande Mention as part of the 2009 Grands Prix québécois de la qualité.

  • Blood donations and the A(H1N1) flu vaccine

    Montreal, October 27, 2009

    In response to the current A(H1N1) flu pandemic, Héma-Québec has reactivated its contingency plan with the goal of continuing to efficiently provide blood components and substitutes to Québec hospitals.

  • 1,000th blood donation sets a new Canadian record!

    Michel Thérien is honoured by Héma-Québec

    Montréal, October 26, 2009

    Blood donation has reached new heights. Michel Thérien, Héma-Québec’s most prolific blood donor, rolled up his sleeves for the 1,000th time—something that has never been done before in Canada!

  • Héma-Québec obtains European patent for inventing method to isolate immunoglobulin fractions with unique biochemical properties

    Montreal, September 11, 2009

    The European Patent Office (EPO), the organization responsible for examining and issuing patents in Europe, has granted a patent* to HémaQuébec entitled Purification of polyreactive autoantibodies and uses thereof.

  • Agreement between Safe Blood for Africa Foundation and Héma-Québec to support blood safety and blood donor program in Africa

    Montréal, September 9, 2009

    Safe Blood for Africa Foundation (SBFA) and Héma-Québec are pleased to announce the signing of a formal agreement to support blood safety and blood donor programs in Africa. In particular, Héma-Québec offered these services to SBFA to expand their capacity to provide its expertise for greater reach to initiativesin francophone African countries.

  • Héma-Québec announces implementation of a new blood donation method at Globule Blood Donor Centres

    Montréal, August 31, 2009

    Héma-Québec announces the implement of apheresis double red cell donation beginning today at Laurier Québec Globule Blood Donor Centre in Sainte-Foy. A first in Canada, double red blood cell donation will be introduced progressively at Montréal’s Place Versailles and Laval’s Centre Laval Globule Blood Donor Centres.

  • Héma-Québec obtains Canadian patent for cord blood cells culture invention

    Montreal, August 27, 2009

    The Canadian Intellectual Property Office granted Héma Québec a patent* entitled “A New Method of Expanding Cord Blood Cells” on July 14. Héma-Québec obtained a similar patent in the United States on November 18, 2008.

  • The need for blood doesn't stop during summer vacation

    Montréal, July 13, 2009

    Héma-Québec’s summer campaign, This summer, go short-sleeved!, was launched on June 15, and is ongoing until September 6. Héma-Québec would like to remind you that it is essential to maintain the Québec blood reserve at a sufficient level.

  • National Blood Donor Week Voluntary blood donation: keeping us safe

    Montreal, June 7, 2009

    During the 2nd annual National Blood Donor Week, from June 8 to 14, Héma-Québec wishes to highlight the importance of blood donation and thank all the people who contribute to its mission.

  • Chagas Disease

    Héma-Québec implements a new measure to ensure the safety of the blood product supply

    Montreal, May 27, 2009

    Since March 29, 2009, blood donors have had to meet a new blood donor eligibility criterion regarding Chagas disease, an infectious illness rife in Mexico and in Central and South America*, that can be transmitted through blood transfusion.

  • Public Cord Blood Bank

    New partner hospitals stand out

    Montreal, May 7, 2009

    Thanks to the continued commitment of its seven partner hospitals, the Héma-Québec Public Cord Blood Bank is rapidly expanding. Since early 2009, the three newest members of the network have performed exceptionally well. Their combined registration numbers account for half of the Public Cord Blood Bank’s annual registration objective.

  • INFLUENZA A (H1N1) Héma-Québec prepares for possible pandemic

    Montreal, May 1, 2009

    Héma-Québec—Québec’s blood products supplier—is preparing for an influenza A (H1N1) pandemic in order to reduce the impact on donors, personnel, and volunteers.

  • Héma-Québec highlights volunteers’ commitment to the cause of blood donation

    Montreal, April 20, 2009

    “Volunteering comes in many shapes and forms in the daily operations of an organization like ours. Thousands of volunteers work alongside members of the Héma Québec team, devoting their time, energy and passion to maintaining Quebec’s blood supply. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Héma-Québec could not accomplish its mission without each and every one these people, who make giving blood and giving life possible,” stated Dr. Francine Décary, Héma-Québec President and Chief Executive Officer, to highlight National Volunteer Week 2009.

  • Héma-Québec reminds everyone of the importance of declaring your consent to organ and tissue donation

    Montreal, April 20, 2009

    As part of National Organ and Tissue Donation week from April 19 26, 2009, Héma-Québec is joining the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux, Quebec-Transplant and the Chambre des notaires in their efforts to encourage all Quebec citizens to notify loved ones of their desire to donate their organs and tissues upon death.

  • Blood Donor Centre and Québec City establishment pass inspections

    Montreal, April 03, 2009

    Héma-Québec welcomed Health Canada inspectors at its Québec City establishment and its Place Laurier Québec GLOBULE Blood Donor Centre from January 19 to 23, 2009, to conduct an inspection of its facilities. Following this visit, Health Canada renewed the establishment licences of both facilities.

  • Héma-Québec’s Montréal facility and one of its Blood Donor Centres pass inspection

    Montréal, February 25, 2009

    Héma-Québec’s Montréal facility and Place Versailles GLOBULE Blood Donor Centre have successfully passed inspection. Health Canada has therefore renewed the Establishment Licence of each facility. This annual audit process ran from October 27 to November 7, 2008.

  • A Blood Donor Centre at Centre Laval

    Laval, January 20th, 2009

    Citizens of Laval and of Montreal’s North Shore now have another way to save lives. There was an official ceremony today to celebrate the opening of a new GLOBULE Blood Donor Centre at our new premises at Centre Laval. Héma-Québec’s personnel and volunteers have been welcoming donors to the centre since December 15th.