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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
Last updated 18 June 2019 + show all updates
  1. Section 10, the donor selection criteria for gametes, has been updated following agreement at the January 2019 SaBTO meeting. This report was originally published in July 2017 and has been reformatted to meet DHSC publishing requirements.

  2. First published.