JPAC Joint United Kingdom (UK) Blood Transfusion and Tissue Transplantation Services Professional Advisory Committee


These guidelines form a constituent part of Chapter 3 Care and selection of whole blood and component donors (including donors of pre-deposit autologous blood) of the Guidelines for the Blood Transfusion Services in the United Kingdom, 8th Edition, 2013.

These criteria are reviewed regularly to ensure that the blood collected is of the highest quality and of sufficient quantity to meet the needs of the UKBTS.

The Joint Professional Advisory committee (JPAC) of the UKBTS is responsible for this document. JPAC receives professional advice from the Standing Advisory Committees that form part of its structure.

Users of these guidelines must ensure that they have the latest version and that recent changes have been implemented (usually within three months) by their national service.

Advice on these guidelines can be obtained from:

Dr G Miflin, Medical and Research Director
National Health Service Blood & Transplant (NHSBT)


Prof M Turner, Medical & Scientific Director
Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service (SNBTS)


Dr SP Field, Medical Director
Welsh Blood Service (WBS)


Dr K Morris, Chief Executive Officer
Northern Ireland Blood Transfusion Service (NIBTS)


Comments about the content of these guidelines, including notification of errors, omissions and suggestions for improvements, should be sent to the Chair of the Standing Advisory Committee for the Care and Selection of Donors (SAC-CSD):

Dr Stuart Blackmore
NHS Blood and Transplant
North Bristol Park
BS34  7QH

Preferably by e-mail to: with WB-DSG in the subject line.

This section was last updated in WB-DSG Edition 203, Release 36 Issue 01