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 45 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. At the moment we are targeting donors between the ages of 18 and 25, however we will still accept donors onto the panel up to the age of 45. 

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 and wish to join the Bone Marrow panel, you can answer the question relating to Bone Marrow on the back of the Health and Lifestyle Questionnaire and where possible our clinic staff will facilitate this.

To join the panel you will have a blood test to establish your HLA type. You will be asked to read an information leaflet and to provide consent.

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.