Joining the NZ Bone Marrow Donor Registry

The decision to join the NZ Bone Marrow Donor Registry requires careful consideration and commitment.  By joining, you are volunteering to donate your bone marrow to anyone, anywhere in the world, if you are found to be a suitable match.

Eligibility criteria: NZ Bone Marrow Donor Registry is currently recruiting the following people to the NZ Bone Marrow Donor Registry:

  • Males with Maori or Pacific Island ancestry or males with an ancestor from any NZ ethnic minority group
  • Aged between 18 and 40 years old and in good health at the time of registration
  • Able to meet the NZ Blood Service requirements to donate blood (Read the blood donor eligibility criteria here)(external link)
  • Willing to donate bone marrow to any patient anywhere in the world

How do I join the NZ Bone Marrow Donor Registry?
If you meet the above criteria, you can join the NZ Registry by donating a unit of blood (470mls) at a Blood Donor Centre or mobile blood drive.  Simply ask about joining the NZ Bone Marrow Donor Registry when you register for your blood donation.

Where can I join?  
Click here to find your nearest  Donor Centre or upcoming mobile blood drive

What will happen when I join?
Before your blood donation you will also be asked to sign a bone marrow consent form allowing an extra tube of blood to be taken for tissue-typing tests. Your tissue type record will be entered into a national database and compared with patients needing bone marrow transplants.  If you match a patient, you will be contacted to confirm that you are still healthy and agree to have another blood sample taken to confirm the potential match.

There is no Donor Centre or Mobile Blood Drive near me, how do I join?
Unfortunately you must donate 470mls of blood to join the NZ Bone Marrow Donor Registry. 

Can you join the NZ Bone Marrow Donor Registry online today, if you've previously been tissue-typed in the past?

Complete the Online Consent Form(external link)  if you are currently aged between 18 - 59 years of age and have been tissue-typed in the past either...

  • when you became a platelet donor or
  • in the search for a donor for a family member or
  • if you joined an overseas Bone Marrow Registry but are now living in NZ

It's possible you may have previously been tissue-typed but not be on the NZ Bone Marrow Donor Registry.  With your permission, we're able to transfer your tissue-type record to the NZ Bone Marrow Registry if you complete the consent form.   Because you've already been tissue-typed, no further blood samples are required and the eligibility criteria to join is extended for people up to 59 years of age. 

If you are unsure whether you’re already on the NZ Bone Marrow Donor Registry, please contact us. (external link)


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