Héma-Québec's Montréal Facilities Pass Annual Inspection

    MONTREAL, Jan. 30 /CNW Telbec/ - Héma-Québec has passed annual inspection
at its Montréal facilities. Consequently, inspectors of Health Canada
maintained Héma-Québec's operating licence. The yearly procedural audit took
place between November 20 and December 1, 2006.
    Throughout the audit of the Montréal facilities, the Health Canada
inspectors noted that the safety of blood components is a priority for all
Héma-Québec personnel. Health Canada inspects each facility of Héma-Québec
once a year to ensure compliance with safety measures and with the
requirements stipulated in its operating licence.
    The inspectors made minor observations without any major direct effect on
product safety. Corrective measures have already been, or soon will be,
implemented. These observations deal primarily with improving compliance with
Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP).

    Created in 1998, Héma-Québec's mission is to efficiently provide adequate
quantities of safe, optimal blood components, substitutes, human tissues and
cord blood to meet the needs of all Quebecers; provide and develop expertise
along with specialized and innovative services and products in the fields of
transfusion medicine and human tissue transplantation.

    Héma-Québec is 1,300 employees, some 3,000 days of blood drives and more
than 300,000 blood donors each year, 16,000 volunteer partners and 400,000
blood products delivered each year to Québec hospitals to meet patients'

    The list of observations made by the Health Canada and Héma-Québec's
responses is available on the Héma-Québec Website at www.hema-quebec.qc.ca.

For further information:

For further information: Michel Thisdel, Information Officer, (514)
832-0871; Source : André Roch, Vice-President, Public Affairs and Marketing

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