Rhode Island General Laws Title 23. Health and Safety § 23-4.5-2. Blood banks regulated

(a) No person or entity may collect blood, blood products, plasma or blood derivatives in the state of Rhode Island for transfusion unless it:

(1) Is licensed as a hospital in the state of Rhode Island;  or

(2)(i) Is licensed as a clinical laboratory as defined in §§ 23-16.2 and 23-16.2-4;  and

(ii) Maintains a facility in the state of Rhode Island for the collection, processing and testing of blood, blood products, plasma or blood derivatives, such testing to include all tests required by the food and drug administration regarding testing of donated blood.

(b) The director of the Rhode Island department of health shall have the power to issue regulations implementing this section, including the enforcement hereof.  Whether or not regulations have been issued, no license may be issued or renewed under subsection (a) hereof except in accordance with the requirements of this chapter.

(c) No person or entity licensed as described in subsection (a) hereof may authorize any third party not so licensed to collect blood or blood products on its behalf in the state of Rhode Island, except that those entities as described in subsection (a) may temporarily authorize a qualified third party to collect blood on their behalf should the licensed entity be unable to collect blood to meet emergency needs.

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