If you have received, or think you may have received, a blood transfusion or transplanted material since 1 January 1980 you will not be able to give blood.
This measure was introduced in 2004 by the UK Transfusion Services. It is just one of a range of measures designed to minimise the risk of passing variant Creutzfeldt Jakob Disease (vCJD) through the population.
Although the chance of any individual contracting vCJD from a blood transfusion or transplanted material is extremely small, it is hoped that these additional safety measures will help eradicate vCJD from the UK population.
You may be eligible to give blood if you received a blood transfusion prior to 1 January 1980.
If you received blood in another country before 1980, please contact us for advice.