Eligibility criteria

Donor eligibility

To join the ABMDR you must answer yes to these two questions:

Have you read the ABMDR donor information materials (Joining the Bone Marrow Registry brochure or ABMDR website information)?
Are you between 18 and 45 years old?

Exclusion criteria

The following conditions are exclusions to becoming a bone marrow donor. If you answer yes to any of these, you are ineligible to join the registry.

Do you know of anyone in your family who had or has: Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD), Gerstmann-Straussler-Scheinker syndrome (GSS) or Fatal Familial Insomnia (FFI)?
Have you ever suffered from thalassemia major, sickle cell disease, Fanconi anaemia or haemophilia?
Have you ever received an organ transplant or corneal or dura mater graft?
Did you receive injections of human growth hormone for short stature or human pituitary hormone for infertility prior to 1986?
Have you ever suffered a stroke or a heart attack?
Have you ever had cancer of any kind excluding non melanoma skin cancer (BCC/SCC) or premalignant conditions such as cervical changes?
Have you ever ‘used drugs’ by injection or been injected, even once, with drugs not prescribed by a doctor or dentist?

Temporary exclusions

The following conditions are temporary exclusions to becoming a bone marrow donor. If you answer yes to any of these, you are ineligible to join at this time. You might be able to join in the future if your answers change to no.

Are you pregnant or breastfeeding or have you been pregnant in the last 9 months?
Within the last 12 months:

Have you had male to male sex?

Have you had sexual activity with a male who has ever had sex with a male?

Have you been a sex worker (e.g. received payment for sex in money, gifts or drugs)?

Have you engaged in sexual activity with a male or female sex worker?

Additional Information:

Although the ABMDR does not exclude donors based on UK residency, donors are recruited through the Blood Service which does exclude people who lived in the UK between 1980 and 1996 for a cumulative period of 6 months or more. Please see FAQ.

In the future the ABMDR may introduce alternative ways of joining the registry that are not covered by the Blood Service’s exclusion.