Donation Eligibility Guidelines
AGE: Minimum 18 years. Maximum 65 years.
WEIGHT: At least 110 pounds.
IDENTIFICATION: You must provide identification that includes the following information: a photo, a signature, date of birth, and social security number. One form of identification is acceptable IF the identifying document provides the following: A photo, a signature, date of birth and acceptable donor identification number (SSN, PRC, BCC or Laser Visa Number). Some examples of acceptable identification would be: social security card, driver’s license, valid passport, certified birth certificate, ID card issued by a government agency or other entity (e.g., US military ID card, school, employment, state, etc.), or permanent residence card issued by CIS. Please note that EXPIRED forms of identification are not acceptable.
ADDRESS: You must provide proof of a permanent local address within the donor recruitment area of the facility in which you would like to donate. This proof may be in the form of a current and valid drivers license listing your physical address, a signed lease agreement between you and your current landlord, or a utility bill or other items mailed through the United States Postal Service (USPS), so long as the postmark is dated within the last 60 days. Some exceptions may apply to the donor recruitment area for college students, military personnel, and donors participating in a specific antibody collection program.
Proper food and adequate fluid intake are essential to a successful donation.
GOOD HEALTH: You must be in good health and feel well the day you plan to donate.
If you drink alcohol, but are not under the influence at the time of donation, you may be eligible for plasma donation. If you drank alcohol on the day you plan to donate (e.g., smell of alcohol on breath or about the person, slurred vocalizations, etc.), you will not be allowed to donate on that day.
If you are being treated with antibiotics, you may be eligible for plasma donation depending on the reason for receiving this type of treatment
You are eligible to donate plasma if taking birth control medications.
Donor eligibility varies depending upon the type of immunization/vaccination received, the reason for the immunization/vaccination, and the presence of any symptoms prior to the plasma donation. Please let the donor center know that you recently received an immunization/vaccination.
In most cases, taking medications does not disqualify you from donating plasma. The acceptance into the plasmapheresis program mostly depends on the type and severity of the medical condition(s) for which you are being treated. Therefore, if you are accepted into our plasmapheresis program, you should continue taking your medication(s) as prescribed by your doctor even on the day of donation.
If you are taking a medication and wish to verify if you may donate plasma, please visit or call your local BioLife Plasma Services facility to schedule an appointment to determine your eligibility for plasma donation.
You may be eligible for plasma donation depending on the severity of the asthma, and the type of treatment required for proper control of symptoms. In addition, you must also be free of symptoms on the day of donation if accepted into the program.
Blood Pressure, HIGH (Hypertension)
If you have a history of high blood pressure controlled with or without medication, you may be eligible for plasma donation. However, donor eligibility may vary depending on the severity of the disease and/or the type of treatment required to control the blood pressure. In addition, prior to each plasma donation, your blood pressure must be within our established acceptable limits.
Blood Pressure, LOW (Hypotension)
If you have a history of low blood pressure, you may be eligible for plasma donation as long as your blood pressure is within our established acceptable limits on the day of donation.
Cold, Flu, Sore Throat
If you do not feel well on the day of the scheduled donation, you should wait a few days until the condition improves or has subsided to donate plasma. Please reschedule your appointment and get some rest. You may return to the center for evaluation when you feel well and healthy and no longer show signs of illness.
Epilepsy, Seizures, Convulsions
You may be eligible for plasma donation depending on the type and/or severity of the condition and the treatment needed to control the seizures. Your personal physician may be asked to confirm the medical diagnosis and treatment including his/her approval for you to donate plasma.
Heart Disease, Heart Murmur, Heart Valve Disorder
If you have a history of Heart Disease and/or heart conditions such as a heart murmur or valve disorder, you may be eligible for plasma donation depending on the type and/or severity, and any required treatment for control of the disease/disorder. In addition, your personal physician may be asked to confirm the medical diagnosis and treatment including his/her approval for you to donate plasma.
You are not eligible for plasma donation during pregnancy. You will be eligible for plasma donation 6 months after delivering, miscarrying, or terminating a pregnancy.
- Cavity filled, scaling or root canal – You may be eligible to donate plasma the day after the completion of the procedure.
- Tooth extraction or extensive oral surgery – You may be eligible to donate plasma as soon as the completion of the procedure, if you are free of symptoms and treatment completed.
- Dental abscess – You may be eligible to donate plasma after you are free of symptoms and treatment completed.