Donor exclusion criteria

Donor exclusion criteria

Potential stem cell donors must be in good health and must have no condition that, by donating, would adversely affect:

  1. the health of the donor
  2. the health of the patient
  3. the successful completion of an apheresis procedure.

If any one of the following applies to you, unfortunately you will be unable to register as a potential Peripheral Blood Stem Cell (PBSC) Donor:

  • You are aged under 18 or over 45.
  • You weigh under 50kg or are severely overweight (a BMI of more than 40). 
  • You (or your partner) are, or think you are, HIV or Human T-cell lymphotropic virus (HTLV) positive or believe you may carry the Hepatitis B or C virus.
  • You have ever been injected with non-prescription drugs including body-building drugs (includes one off use).
  • You have EVER had any of the following:
    • Cancer (including leukaemia)
    • Heart disease or heart surgery
    • Stroke
    • Epilepsy (unless you have not had a seizure or taken medication for epilepsy for the last three years)
    • Any neurological condition
    • COPD including lung clots
    • Diabetes (unless this is controlled by diet alone)
    • Ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease
    • Sarcoidosis
    • Reiter’s syndrome
    • Autoimmune conditions including rheumatoid arthritis
    • Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)
    • Ankylosing spondylitis
    • Vasculitis
    • Sickle cell disease
    • Graves’ disease
    • Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
    • Pernicious anaemia
    • Myasthenia gravis
    • Schizophrenia
    • Haemophilia
    • Thalassaemia
    • Sciatica
    • Hepatitis or a positive blood test for hepatitis or HTLV
    • An allergy to latex or anaesthetic