Am I eligible

Donor Age:

  • 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).

Weight:

  • Weigh at least 50kg.
  • First time donors must also meet height and weight criteria. Find out if you meet the height and weight criteria by using our handy calculator.

Health:

  • 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  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.

Travel:

  • 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. Find out why here.
  • 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 check the "Donating after Travelling" tool to find out when you can donate.

Food:

  • You must have eaten some food during the four hours prior to donation.

Identification:

  • 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 Leaflet (pdf, 55 KB)

More information on eligibility to donate:

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