Legislation > Box 16 – Row 1 > Prohibiting payment for blood and plasma collection

The Voluntary Blood Donations Act

There are no paid plasma collection clinics operating in B.C. and the Voluntary Blood Donations Act is meant to prevent such operations from being established by making it illegal to pay, offer to pay, or advertise that they will pay someone for blood or plasma illegal. This is like legislation in Alberta, Ontario and Québec.

Currently in Canada, there are private for-profit organizations paying individuals for plasma and then selling that plasma on the global market. By preventing these businesses from operating in B.C., it makes sure that blood and plasma collected in B.C. stays as part of the national supply system run by Canadian Blood Services (CBS). As the national blood and plasma supplier, CBS is exempt from the legislation as are the provincial government and medical researchers.

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