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Additional Eligibility Criteria

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) changed some of the eligibility criteria for blood donation in April 2020. Deferral rules with respect to blood exposure, risk of sexually transmitted diseases, variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (mad cow disease) and travel-related disease exposures were modified. As a result, some donors who were previously ineligible to donate may now be eligible.

On June 25, 2020 the Children’s National Blood Donor Center implemented these changes. We recommend checking these headings in particular for more information about the changes:

Notice for platelet donors: Effective June 22, 2021, donors who have had a splenectomy (spleen removal) will not be eligible to donate platelets on our apheresis instruments (Trima Accel) due to a software change.