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Irish Unrelated Bone Marrow Registry

The Irish Unrelated Bone Marrow Registry (IUBMR) is part of The Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS). The IBTS is licensed as a blood establishment under SI.360 of 2005 (license number BE - 002) and a tissue establishment under SI 158 of 2006 (license number TE – 012).

The IUBMR performs unrelated searches on behalf of the adult and paediatric services, St James Hospital and Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin in Ireland and Unrelated Bone Marrow Registries worldwide. On the 3rd October 2008 , the Irish Unrelated Bone Marrow Registry facilitated the 200th Stem Cell transplant for Irish patients.

Interested in Joining the Bone Marrow Registry? Read more about it here.

The Irish Unrelated Bone Marrow Registry is the designated World Marrow Donor Association (WMDA) National Hub for the Republic of Ireland whose responsibility is to process requests for donors originating from within the country or emanating from abroad and to co-ordinate activities of donor, harvest and transplant centres in the respective countries. The WMDA registration number for the IUBMR is 121061. The IUBMR received WMDA accreditation in 2012.

For a list of all active Policies, Guidelines and Standard Operating Procedures used by the IUBMR click here. For an information only copy of any of these documents contact the IUBMR at

HLA typing on recipients and donors is carried out for the IUBMR by the National Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics Reference Laboratory (NHIRL) at the IBTS, Dublin. This laboratory is EFI accredited and it is a requirement of the IUBMR that accreditation is maintained.

National Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics Reference Laboratory

HLA policies are documented in the NHIRL Customer Handbook. Access the NHIRL here. Unrelated donor samples from International Registries for testing should be forwarded to the following address:

Dr Richard Hagan
Irish Blood Transfusion Service
James Street
Dublin 8

Tel: +353 1 4322897
Fax: +353 1 4322933

Contact the IUBMR team at

01 4322898


National Blood Centre, James's Street, Dublin 8.       Tel: 00 353 1 4322800       Fax: 00 353 1 4322930