TNN | Updated: Jun 3, 2017, 10.07 AM IST

MUMBAI: A recent amendment to the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1945, will now allow private blood banks to conduct donation camps. So far, only licensed banks run by registered charitable organizations, government or the Indian Red Cross Societywere allowed to hold camps.

The amendment was mainly brought in to put an end to the practice of banks insisting on replacement donors even as the country’s national blood policy mandates voluntary donation.

While the new rule may not affect the scheme of things in the city so much, it could bring about huge relief to other parts of the country where people had to rely on government blood banks.

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