There are currently no PVC-free blood bags for red blood cells on the market. The most commonly used plasticizer in blood bags for red blood cells is a substance that is classified as a reproductive disruptor.
The PVCfreeBloodBag project is a cooperation between industry and European healthcare, aimed at phasing out hazardous substances from healthcare. Four European companies are participating in the project representing the different links in the supply chain. Wipak manufactures the PVC-free film for the blood bag.
In mid-October, the first tests using human blood for the new PVC-free blood bag started at Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm. The bag has been performing well and the results of the evaluation will be available in March 2016.