Can I Join the Bone Marrow Registry? - Irish Blood Transfusion Service

Can I Join the Bone Marrow Registry?

Eligibility Criteria

Donors must:

  • be aged between 18 and 25 years
  • be willing to remain on the panel until they are 55 years of age
  • be in good general health
  • meet certain eligibility criteria which are assessed prior to placing donors on the panel

How do I join the panel?

Donors are recruited to the Unrelated Bone Marrow panel through the whole blood and platelet donation clinics. We require their computer systems to register our donors and we follow their medical guidelines for donor suitability. 

If you wish to join the Irish Unrelated Bone Marrow Registry please complete the online application form and our recruitment staff will contact you when they are next recruiting at a donation clinic in your area. If you donate blood or platelets in any of the blood or platelet donation clinics, you can mention that you wish to join the Bone Marrow panel before you donate and where possible our clinic staff will facilitate this.

To join the panel you will have a blood test to establish your HLA type and you will be asked to complete a consent form.

How else can I help?

Patients with Leukaemia and certain other blood disorders usually lack platelets, the blood cells essential for clotting.  The Irish Blood Transfusion Service collects platelets in clinics in Dublin and Cork and are always looking for new donors up to the age of 45.

Read about giving platelets here.