News and statements

14 June 2021

Landmark change to blood donation eligibility rules on today’s World Blood Donor Day

New eligibility rules that will allow more men who have sex with men to donate blood, platelets and plasma come into effect this week.

18 May 2021

NHSBT backs appeal for more Black blood donors launched today: United by Blood – Donating in Memory of Evan Nathan Smith

NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) is supporting three social organisations who are today launching an appeal for Black blood donors in memory of Evan Nathan Smith, a young Black man who had sickle cell disease and died following a sickle cell crisis.

11 May 2021

Blood donor selection policy: More people now able to give blood

Following the FAIR steering group’s recommendations and in line with the latest scientific evidence, blood donation will become more inclusive. More people could be eligible to donate blood based on their health, travel and sexual behaviour.

11 May 2021

UK to change eligibility to give blood on World Blood Donor Day with launch of new donor safety assessment

Some of the questions that blood, plasma and platelet donors are asked to check their eligibility to donate will change from June 14 2021, marking an historic move to make blood donation more inclusive without affecting safety.

06 May 2021

STRIDES study reaches million-donor milestone

The NHSBT blood donor management research project, STRIDES, now has more than one million donors taking part in the main cluster randomised trial, just 18 months after its launch.

07 April 2021

Donations of plasma for use in medicines begin

People have started donating plasma to use in medicines for the first time in more than 20 years.

01 April 2021

Church leaders back NHS campaign for more Black blood and organ donors this Easter

Black Christian church leaders are joining with NHS Blood and Transplant this Easter to urge more Black people to become blood and organ donors and give hope to patients in need of an ethnically matched donor.

23 March 2021

NHS and Tropical Sun aim to start family ‘Heart to Heart’ about blood and organ donation

People across the country are being encouraged to have a ‘heart to heart’ as part of a new campaign to get people from Black and Asian backgrounds talking about blood and organ donation.

11 March 2021

Funding boost to promote blood and organ donation amongst Black and Asian communities

35 community projects in England have received a share of £600,000 funding as part of the Government’s commitment to tackle health inequalities in Black and Asian communities.

25 February 2021

UK plasma ban lifted

NHSBT welcomes the decision by Ministers to lift the ban on UK plasma for fractionation following a review by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and the Commission on Human Medicines (CHM).