Donors and Donation


monitor trends and emerging new practices related to blood donors and donation and facilitate training in resource-limited countries

The blood supply chain begins with the blood donor and blood services strive for 100% voluntary non-remunerated blood donation (VNRBD). For a robust blood supply, selection, assessment and retention of donors is important. The study of demographics and psychology of blood donation is carried out by many blood services and Academic institutes so that they can better understand trends in blood donation to ensure an adequate supply. The health of the donor is important both pre- and post-donation, therefore, health and personal questionnaires are key. Because some donors donate very regularly they may become susceptible to iron depletion and anaemia, and should therefore be monitored regularly. To raise awareness of the importance of safe blood and to thank all blood donors, annually, on June 14, World Blood Donor Day is celebrated globally.


We monitor trends and emerging new practices on donor selection criteria, complications of blood donation, Haemoglobin deferrals, iron levels, donor incentives and provide an information platform. We promote and strive for 100% voluntary non-remunerated blood donation according to the ISBT Code of Ethics. We are involved in donor recruitment, retention and selection. We facilitate networking, benchmarking and the exchange of ideas between countries, blood services and other relevant societies or associations world-wide. We also facilitate training in resource-limited countries.

Task teams have been formed within this WP including:

  • Donor incentives and voluntary nun-remunerated donations
  • Donor selection
  • Iron depletion and donor vigilance

Our Chairperson is Karin Magnussen.



We meet at the ISBT congresses and collaborate with the other ISBT working parties e.g. Apheresis, Transfusion Transmissible Infectious Diseases (TTID), and the Haemo- (donor) vigilance Working Party.

We participate in the Donor Health Care educational program,

Joining the WP

ISBT members who have an interest in D&D can apply to join the WP.

Interested in joining the Donors and donation WP? Please email our Chairperson.



Some of the content is only accessible for ISBT-members. To join us, click here.


  1. Ethical aspects of blood donors and the recipients of their bloodvan den Burg PJ, Magnussen K.Journal of Blood Transfusion

Fainting module

Fainting is the most frequent complication in blood donors. Donor fainting has a major impact on both donors and the blood establishments since it is uncomfortable for the donors and reduces donor return. For that reason understanding of donor fainting is of great importance for both donors and staff.
In the donor fainting tutorials that is published on ISBT Education you will learn about the mechanisms of donor fainting and the recognition and interventions. The module is developed by the editorial board of the Syncopedia website (, co-sponsored by ISBT and EBA (, and the learning activities and certification hosted by the ISBT.

Program content:
- Introduction
- Short term blood pressure regulation
- Orthostatic dysregulation and emotional faints
- Presyncopal symptoms & sigs
- Syncope
- Postsyncopal symptoms & signs
- Vasovagal syncope
- Timing and explanation of syncope during blood donation
​- Prevention of syncope during and after blood donation

Click here to start the module.


Karin Magnussen

Karin Magnussen


Dept. Blood Centre and Laboratory Medicine
Innlandet Hospital, Norway