Sydney Cord Blood Bank — information for professionals

The Sydney Cord Blood Bank (SCBB) was established at the Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick in 1995 and forms part of a national network of cord blood banks in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. The network collects and banks cord blood from voluntary donors for anonymous use by patients needing a stem cell transplant.

Our parent and carer directory of services contains general information about Sydney Cord Blood Bank (SCBB).

Become accredited to collect cord blood

How to become Accredited to Collect Cord Blood for the Sydney Cord Blood Bank:

  • You must work in an Obstetric team at one of our affiliated collection hospitals (Royal Hospital for Women, Prince of Wales Private Hospital, Royal Prince Alfred Women and Babies, St George Private Hospital or Royal Darwin Hospital).
  • You must complete a training and accreditation with an SCBB collector and complete the Accreditation Assessment.

Please contact the SCBB Collection Coordinator on 0434 563 188 for more information.


For information on requests to collaborate with the Sydney Cord Blood Bank or access cord blood samples for research, please review and submit a research request form (insert link to form) to the Director or Quality Manager via

  • Please attach a project summary and any applicable ethics approval documentation and be sure to provide information on research services and/or samples required.  
  • The SCBB will consider all research projects and collaborations. It may be necessary to obtain additional ethics approval for publically donated cord blood inclusion via the ABMDR Ethics Committee (website). For all approved projects, the SCBB will draft a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the SCBB and research group.
  • A small fee may be charged for cord blood samples to recover the costs of collection or research materials and services. Once an MOU is agreed by both parties, arrangements for research and/or samples will be made.