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On April 2, 2020, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which sets regulations for blood donor eligibility in the United States, announced new eligibility guidelines. We are pleased to share that the new guidelines will enable more people to become blood donors. San Diego Blood Bank is in the process of implementing these changes, which include writing new procedures, updating the donor questionnaire in accordance with our accrediting agency, modifying computer systems, and training staff.
We anticipate having changes implemented toward the end of July. Thank you for your patience!
Examples of the changes include:
Additional changes were made that will impact a small number of people. We will be announcing implementation of all changes very soon.
Note: Changes were made after review of scientific and epidemiologic data including the experiences of other countries, and the FDA has concluded that current policies regarding the above donor eligibility criteria can be modified without compromising the safety of the blood supply.
For more information please check out the links below:
Revised Recommendations for Reducing the Risk of Human Immunodeficiency Virus Transmission by Blood and Blood Products
Recommendations to Reduce the Possible Risk of Transmission of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease and Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease by Blood and Blood Components
Revised Recommendations to Reduce the Risk of Transfusion-Transmitted Malaria