AABB, CLIA, etc. It can all be a bit much, but they are more than just a bunch of letters. Here is the rundown: All cord blood banks need to be FDA-registered, which means all cord blood banks need to have or use a lab that is cGTP-compliant. To get easier access to treatments for not only the baby but also other relatives, the lab must be CLIA-compliant as well. New York, California, New Jersey, Illinois, and Maryland also require licensure in in order to conduct business in and with residents of those states. If you want a cord blood bank that has gone the extra mile to ensure the highest standards and protocols look for accreditation by AABB and FACT and cGMP compliance.