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Blood, tissue and cell donor selection criteria report: 2017

The Advisory Committee on the Safety of Blood, Tissues and Organs (SaBTO) recommends reducing some deferral periods for donors.

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This report from The Advisory Committee on the Safety of Blood, Tissues and Organs (SaBTO) recommends reducing a number of ‘deferral periods’, the time between engaging in certain behaviours and donating blood, tissue or cells.

The report explores issues including:

  • ethics
  • motivation
  • epidemiological data on blood borne infections (BBI)
  • international practice
  • the performance of tests for diagnosing BBI
  • statistical modelling of the risk of transfusion transmitted infections
  • more personalised risk assessment
Published 23 July 2017