Punjab Transfusion of Safe Blood Ordinance, 1999
XXXVI of 1999)
1. Short title and commencement.
3. Transfusion of safe blood.
4. Registration of blood banks.
5. Establishment of Authority.
6. Functions of the Authority.
7. Responsibilities of blood banks.
8. District Safe Blood Transfusion Committee
9. Penalty for contravention.
Cognizance of contravention.
Punjab Transfusion of Safe Blood Ordinance 1999
(Pb. Ord. XXXVI of
An Ordinance to regulate transfusion of
safe blood and blood products
Preamble.— Whereas it is
expedient to regulate transfusion of safe and healthy blood and blood
products free from viruses and infective agents and to provide for matters
connected therewith and incidental thereto;
And whereas the Provincial Assembly of the Punjab is not in session and the
Governor of the Punjab
is satisfied that circumstances exist which render it necessary to take
Now, therefore, in exercise of the powers conferred upon him under Article
128(2) of the Constitution, the Governor of the Punjab
is pleased to promulgate the following Ordinance:-
1. Short title and commencement.—
(1) This Ordinance may be called the Punjab Transfusion of Safe Blood
(2) It shall come
into force at once and shall be deemed to have taken effect on the day the
Punjab Transfusion of Safe Blood Ordinance 1999 (XVI of 1999) stands
under Article 128(2) of the Constitution.
2. Definitions.— In this
Ordinance, unless there is anything repugnant in the subject or context —
(a) “blood bank” includes all
organizations maintained for the purposes of receiving, preserving, storing,
analyzing and processing blood and blood products; and
(b) “safe blood” means human blood or
blood product which is healthy and free from Human Immunodeficiency Viruses
(HIV), Hepatitis B and C viruses or such other viruses or infective agents
as the Government may, by notification in the official gazette, specify.
3. Transfusion of safe blood.—
Every person transfusing blood to any patient shall ensure that the blood is
4. Registration of blood banks.—
No blood bank shall receive or supply blood unless it is registered with the
Punjab Blood Transfusion Authority and a licence is issued to it by the
Authority in the manner and subject to payment of such fee as may be
5. Establishment of Authority.—
(1) The Government may establish an Authority to be known as the Punjab
Blood Transfusion Authority comprising such number of members as the
Government may determine.
(2) The Government shall
appoint one of the members as the Chairman of the Authority.
(3) No action of the
Authority shall be invalid because of any defect in the constitution of the
Authority or any vacancy in it.
6. Functions of the Authority.—
The functions of the Authority shall be to —
(a) develop uniform policy covering all
aspects of safe blood transfusion based on current developments in the
(b) register and issue licenses to
(c) allow renewal of license issued to
blood banks annually on payment of such fees after satisfying itself that
instructions issued by it for safe blood transfusion were being followed by
the blood banks;
(d) fix service charges of blood and
(e) ensure that bio-safety measures
specified by the Authority are strictly adhered to by the blood banks;
(f) ensure that the blood banks
are managed and run by qualified professionals preferably having post
graduate qualifications in blood transfusion, haematology or clinical
pathology recognized by the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council established
under the Medical and Dental Council Ordinance, 1962 (XXXII of 1962);
(g) monitor the working of the
blood banks and carry out periodical inspections where necessary
the authority may delegate any of its functions and powers to the District
Safe Blood Transfusion Committee as it may deem appropriate under this
7. Responsibilities of blood
banks.— Every blood bank shall —
(a) have a separate department, staff
and set of equipments for the purpose of blood donations and for selection,
handling, care and safety of the donors;
(b) select donors of blood in
accordance with the instructions issued by the Authority;
(c) cause the donated blood and blood
products to be screened, examined and tested in accordance with instructions
issued by the Authority for detection of any communicable disease;
possess equipment required for haemoglobin estimation, blood grouping, cross
matching, anti-bodies detection and screening of infectious agents, such as
human immunodeficiency, hepatitis viruses, or other infective agents
specified by the Authority;
(e) equip itself with proper
refrigeration of blood and blood products and make arrangements for
uninterrupted power supply for refrigeration;
(f) discourage acceptance of blood from
professional blood donors; and
(g) submit periodical reports in
respect of donations of the blood received by it with breakup of blood
groups, detection of anti-bodies and screening of infectious agents.
Safe Blood Transfusion Committee].—
The Government may, for the purpose of creating awareness for availability
of safe blood and motivation for voluntary blood donations, set up a
Safe Blood Transfusion Committee] consisting of philanthropists, social
workers and such other persons as it may deem appropriate.
9. Penalty for contravention.—
(1) Any person contravening the provisions of this Ordinance shall be
punishable with imprisonment which may extend to three years or with fine
upto fifteen thousand rupees, or with both.
(2) Notwithstanding the
provisions of sub-section (1), if the Authority is satisfied that any blood
bank has contravened the provisions of this Ordinance, it may —
(a) issue an adverse findings
report and put the blood bank on probation;
(b) cause cessation of operation
by the blood bank;
(c) seize and prevent the release of blood or blood products
that violate prescribed regulations, or are considered unsafe;
(d) de-register the blood bank;
(e) debar the re-registration of
the blood bank temporarily or permanently.
10. Cognizance of contravention.—
shall take cognizance of any contravention under this Ordinance, except on a
complaint in writing made by the Chairman of the Authority or a person
authorized by him.
11. Rules.— The Government may
make rules for giving effect to the provisions of this Ordinance.
12. Regulations.— The Authority
may with the prior approval of the Government and subject to the rules make
regulations to give effect to the provisions of this Ordinance.