Héma-Québec's Québec facilities pass annual inspection

Montréal, March 29, 2006 - Héma-Québec has passed the annual inspection of its Québec facilities. Consequently, inspectors of Health Canada maintained its establishment licence. The yearly procedural audit took place between February 6 and February 10, 2006.
Throughout the audit of the Québec facilities, the Health Canada inspectors noted that the safety of blood components is a priority for all Héma-Québec personnel. Health Canada inspects each facility of Héma-Québec once a year to ensure compliance with safety measures and with the requirements stipulated in its establishment licence.

"Maintaining the establishment licence ensures that Héma-Québec complies with the safety measures required by Health Canada and demonstrates that Québec’s population and hospital patients have reason to trust Héma-Québec, our personnel, and the safety of the blood products supply," explains Dr. Francine Décary, Chief Executive Officer of Héma-Québec.

The inspectors made observations that had minor impact on product safety. Corrective measures will soon be implemented. These observations deal primarily with improving compliance with standard operating procedures.

Since its creation in September 1998, Héma-Québec has welcomed more than 2,100,000 donors at 14,000 blood drives organized in collaboration with its community partners across Québec. On average, Héma-Québec delivers each year some 400,000 blood products to hospitals to meet patients’ needs.

Héma-Québec's mission is to efficiently provide adequate quantities of safe, optimal blood components, substitutes, human tissues and cord blood to meet the needs of all Quebecers; provide and develop expertise along with specialized and innovative services and products in the fields of transfusion medicine and human tissue transplantation.

Give blood. Give life.

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