In 2017, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awarded three contracts to support the functions of the various components of the C.W. Bill Young Cell Transplantation Program (CWBYCTP). The National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP®), also known as Be The Match®, was awarded two of the contracts for the CWBYCTP:
NMDP has operated under Federal contract since 1987 through the National Bone Marrow Donor Registry (NBMDR), and since September 2006 through the CWBYCTP.
NMDP/Be The Match is a nonprofit organization that helps people who need a potentially life-saving bone marrow or umbilical cord blood transplant. NMDP/Be The Match helps by connecting patients, doctors, donors, and researchers to the resources they need to help more people live longer, healthier lives.
CWBYCTP Components Work Together
A transplant from an unrelated marrow donor or cord blood unit involves many steps. Each step of the transplant process is in some way connected to the OPA or SPA-CC. To make the steps connect smoothly, NMDP/Be The Match has:
Emergency Response Plans
The NMDP/Be The Match has developed and tested plans for keeping the organization working through emergencies, as required by the contract.
Standards and Criteria of NMDP/Be The Match Centers
Each year, NMDP/Be The Match certifies to the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) that NMDP/Be The Match Standards are in place and being followed at each NMDP/Be The Match center. As specified by the CWBYCTP requirements, NMDP/Be The Match provides these standards to the public. Any significant change to a standard will be posted for public comment before the change is put into effect.
Donor and patient safety are primary concerns of NMDP/Be The Match. NMDP/Be the Match standards are designed to ensure that donors and patients receive high quality care and that government standards are met. These standards include donor recruitment, collection, and transportation procedures and requirements. The facility standards define specific characteristics of an NMDP/Be The Match center, the qualifications for its medical director and staff, and the support services, policies and procedures that are required. Each center is monitored for ongoing compliance. A center that does not comply with the standards may be removed from the NMDP/Be The Match network.
The network is made up of these types of organizations: