Source plasma is collected through a process called plasmapheresis. In more than 530 specialized donation centers located in the U.S. and Europe, individuals may donate plasma. Plasmapheresis is a sterile, self-contained, automated process where plasma is separated from red blood cells and other cellular components of blood which are then returned to the donor.
Source plasma collection in the U.S. is regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and, in Europe by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and national regulatory authorities.
In addition to meeting regulatory requirements, PPTA member source plasma collection centers are also certified by the International Quality Plasma Program (IQPP); a rigorous, voluntary program that goes beyond regulatory requirements to help ensure donor safety and further improve the quality of source plasma used for fractionation.
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