Quality and plasma collection

BPL’s attention to quality begins as soon as a donor arrives at one of our collection centres. Initial checks confirm that their personal details and lifestyle comply with the acceptance criteria. The first step to secure donor safety and plasma quality. 

Health-checks and physical examination by qualified health professionals on each occasion provide assurance that the donor is well enough for the plasma donation procedure and that there has been no adverse change in health status since their previous donation – a further step in donor safety and plasma quality.

Plasma is collected by the process of plasmapheresis. Whole blood is drawn from a vein in the donor’s arm and passed through a sterile device which separates blood cells from the liquid plasma component. The plasma is collected into a sterile container and frozen, while the separated blood cells are infused back into the donor. This controlled procedure assures the well-being of the donor at all times.

Each donation collected at BPL Plasma centres is tested for markers of potential blood-borne pathogens. These include serological tests for viral markers in both individual donations, and again in pooled collections used for fractionation. Any donation which tests positive for these pathogen markers is excluded from the manufacturing process. Using an industry-wide quality tracking system, an excluded individual is excluded from donating plasma at any collection centre in the country.

BPL plasma is obtained from our own regulated and inspected collection centres in the USA, or from third party suppliers who have been shown to meet the same rigorous quality standards. All collection centres which supply BPL with plasma are subject to continual BPL quality audits and inspections by national regulatory authorities.