Moira Carter, of the SNBTS
, welcomed the new rules.
There are eight different blood groups and the SNBTS
are asking donors to be more aware of their own blood type to help maintain supplies.
spokeswoman Dr Moira Carter said: "Fewer than six per cent of Scots are donors.
I'd like to do more with SNBTS
because it's important.
A team from SNBTS
will now work directly with Interserve Kajima to finalise design, compliance and regulatory issues with a view to achieving contract sign-off by the July of this year, with work expected to begin in the autumn for expected completion by the spring of 2017.
It's also made possible by the close collaboration between the pancreas transplant programme at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, the SNBTS
and the Scottish Centre for Regenerative Medicine.
Along the way, one of the SNBTS
drivers will help take that donation to where it's needed most.
02 Contract Notice: SNBTS
requires to attain supplies of Red Cell Reagents compatible with automated technology and is for the anti body detection and identification only and not equipment or accessory devices.
A spokeswoman for SNBTS
said: "Sarah's story of survival shows how important blood donors are.
Edinburgh University Professor Marc Turne - SNBTS
director - will be in charge.
The appeal led to an 80 per cent rise in donors at the SNBTS
centres in Glasgow and Edinburgh.
And in a March 2004 inspection report - obtained under freedom of information legislation - Barbara Morris, of the Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency (MHRA), stated: "The SNBTS
did not appear to have taken previous findings very seriously and showed little improvement from the last visit two years ago.