There are about one billion red blood cells in two or three drops of blood.
In 2013, NZBS invited an external expert review group to undertake an independent review, with the principal task to review the ongoing appropriateness of exclusion of potential donors on the basis of current or past sexual behaviours, to ensure the ongoing safety of blood and blood products provided in New Zealand.
(This follows a review conducted in 2008 where NZBS accepted the recommendations of the independent review group at that time in full, and introduced new criteria in March 2009.)
The NZBS Board reviewed the report and accepted all of the recommendations. NZBS is confident that the recommendations are based on good clinical evidence and that the changes will have no impact on the safety of blood and blood products provided to New Zealanders.
Approval from Medsafe was obtained in September. NZBS has made the necessary changes to systems and documentation, and the changes were implemented on 15th December 2014.
The final report from the review group can be found below.
Behavioural Donor Deferral Criteria review - Final Report (pdf, 888 KB)
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