Am I eligible
- New donors are accepted from their 16th birthday up to their 66th birthday
- Existing/Regular donors are accepted up to their 71st birthday
- Regular donors from 71st to their 76th birthday may be accepted subject to authorisation by a NZBS Medical Officer (please enquire at your next donation if you fall within these age limits).
- Weigh at least 50kg.
- First time donors must also meet height and weight criteria. Find out if you are eligible by using our handy calculator.
- You must be in good health at the time you donate.
- You cannot donate if you have a cold, flu, sore throat, cold sore, stomach bug or any other infection.
- If you have recently had a tattoo or body piercing you cannot donate for 6 months from the date of the procedure. (See the Detailed Eligibility Criteria & FAQs for more details under "Tattoo" or "Body Piercing".)
- If you have visited the dentist for a minor procedure you must wait 24 hours before donating; for major work wait a month.
- You must not have lived in the United Kingdom, France or the Republic of Ireland between 1980 and 1996 for a cumulative 6 months or more.
- Travel to areas where tropical diseases are endemic, e.g. malaria, may result in a temporary deferral but this will depend on a number of factors so please call your local Donor Centre or 0800 GIVE BLOOD (0800 448 325) and discuss with our Donor Staff.
- You must have eaten some food during the four hours prior to donation
- You must bring appropriate identification with you each time you donate.
- Acceptable ID is a document or a combination of documents, which contains three (3) unique points of personal information. These can be: full name, photograph, date of birth, home address, donor ID/registration number, workplace (work ID cards only) or school (school ID cards only).
- Personal Identification and Blood Donations
More information on eligibility to donate:
- Detailed Eligibility Criteria & FAQs on whether you are eligible to donate blood.
- Common reasons for Deferral on common reasons why you may not be able to donate blood.
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