Red blood cells must be transfused within 35 days of collection.
The Responsible Minister for the New Zealand Blood Service is the Hon. Tony Ryall, Minister of Health. The Associate Ministers of Health are: Hon. Dr Jonathan Coleman, Hon. Tariana Turia, and Hon. Peter Dunne.
In accordance with the Public Health and Disability Act 2000 (external link) and Crown Entities Act 2004 (external link) , the following responsibilities apply to the responsible Minister of the New Zealand Blood Service:
The role of the responsible Minister is to oversee and manage the Crown's interests in, and relationship with the New Zealand Blood Service, and to exercise any statutory responsibilities given to the Minister, including functions, and powers -