Eligibility rules have changed

Cascade Regional Blood Services has made some changes to donor eligibility based on new FDA guidance. The FDA revised several policies based on completed studies and epidemiological data.

In summary, the following changes have been implemented:

  • Deferrals for certain HIV risks factors have been reduced from a 12 month deferral to a 3 month deferral
  • Certain malaria risk factors have also been reduced from a 12 month deferral to a 3 month deferral
  • The deferral requirement for donors who have spent time at military bases in Europe due to potential risk of Creutzfeldt-Jakob, or Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob, has been lifted for some areas. Please inquire to learn if you are now eligible.

If you have a current deferral, and have questions about your eligibility, please call 1-877-24-BLOOD and speak to one of our Donor Specialists.

To read more about the FDA changes, click the link below for the full announcement.

FDA gives final guidance for Individual Assessment of All Blood Donors

Cascade Regional Blood Services is excited to share that the FDA recently finalized recommendations to update blood donor eligibility for blood centers across the U.S. We are committed to changing with the new FDA guidance which supports a donor community that reflects the vibrant and diverse community we serve.  Additional information on the implementation timeline will be shared in the weeks ahead.

Read more about the FDA changes