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Krever Report

  1. What is the Commission of Inquiry on the Blood System in Canada
    (the Krever Inquiry)?
  2. In what areas did the Krever Inquiry make recommendations?
  3. What were the main recommendations of the Krever Inquiry vis-à-vis making the blood system safer?
  4. What specific recommendations of the Krever Report has Canadian Blood Services integrated?
  5. Will Canadian Blood Services eventually accept Justice Krever's recommendation that provincial and territorial health Ministers provide additional funding to hospitals to allow them to buy blood directly from Canadian Blood Services as a means of ensuring effective utilization of resources?
  6. Who is responsible for compensating victims of tainted blood prior to the establishment of Canadian Blood Services?

1. What is the Commission of Inquiry on the Blood System in Canada (the Krever Inquiry)?

A nationwide public health crisis occurred in Canada during the late 1970s and early 1980s. The national blood supply was contaminated with two infectious viruses, Hepatitis C and HIV.

As a result of the above state of affairs, the Federal Government established the Commission of Inquiry on the Blood System in Canada (the Krever Inquiry). Justice Krever first filed an interim report of 43 recommendations on February 15, 1995. After 250 days of public hearings and 350 witnesses, the Krever Report was tabled in the House of Commons on November 26, 1997. The Minister of Health (Canada) stated that Justice Krever's report "will be a lasting contribution to the health and safety of Canadians."

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2. In what areas did the Krever Inquiry make recommendations?

The Krever Inquiry made recommendations in the following areas:

Safety
Accountability
Financing
Research and Development
Public confidence
Blood utilization

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3. What were the main recommendations of the Krever Inquiry vis-à-vis making the blood system safer?

  • donated blood is a public resource-Canadian Blood Services must act as a trustee of this public resource for the benefit of all persons in Canada;
  • safety of the blood supply system is paramount-the principle of safety must transcend other principles and policies;
  • the blood supply system should be operated in an open and accessible manner;
  • the operator of the blood supply system should be independent and able to make decisions solely in the best interests of the system;
  • the provincial and territorial Ministers of Health should be the members of the corporation;
  • the members of Canadian Blood Services should appoint an independent board of directors to supervise the management of Canadian Blood Services and the members of the board shall carry out their duties at arm's lengthfrom government; and
  • the operation of Canadian Blood Services should be managed by both administrative and medical personnel.

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4. What specific recommendations of the Krever Report has Canadian Blood Services integrated?

Canadian Blood Services has integrated all the relevant recommendations from the Krever ReportInquiry as they relate to the safe operation of Canada's blood system. Indeed, the very structure of Canadian Blood Services is a direct response to Justice Krever's Report. A single entity has been created to manage the Canadian blood supply system and Canadian Blood Services has recognized the need for stronger accountability and safety mechanisms within the system. Canadian Blood Services is at arm's length from governments and Canadians enjoy access to the most up-to-date scientific/medical information, particularly as it pertains to the decision-making process within the blood system.

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5. Will Canadian Blood Services eventually accept Justice Krever's recommendation that provincial and territorial health Ministers provide additional funding to hospitals to allow them to buy blood directly from Canadian Blood Services as a means of ensuring effective utilization of resources?

This recommendation continues to be given very careful consideration by the Canadian Blood Services Board of Directors and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO). There are both pros and cons of moving toward this system and its full implications will have to be carefully assessed before Canadian Blood Services advises governments of its position. The Québec government has adopted this model and Canadian Blood Services is keeping a close watch on the Québec model as it unfolds as part of its assessment and recommendations to governments.

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6. Who is responsible for compensating victims of tainted blood prior to the establishment of Canadian Blood Services?

A number of groups are responsible for the compensation of victims of tainted blood prior to the establishment of Canadian Blood Services. For more information about these groups, please contact Canadian Blood Services through feedback.

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