The perfect match

Eligibility to register

Find out whether you can register to become a potential blood stem cell donor.

Every 20 minutes someone in the UK is diagnosed with a blood cancer, such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma.

DKMS provides patients with a second chance at life, working closely with their families from diagnosis to transplant and beyond. The donor journey begins with a swab of the cheek that takes two minutes and can be the action that leads to a lifesaving transplant.

Basic eligibility criteria to join the register

  • aged between 17 (minimum age) – 55 (maximum age)
  • in general good health
  • Body Mass Index (BMI) under 40
  • not already registered on another bone marrow registry - you only need to be on one:
    • Anthony Nolan
    • British Bone Marrow Registry (BBMR)
    • Welsh Bone Marrow Donor Registry (WBMDR)
  • UK resident at a permanent address for two years minimum
  • haven’t recently requested a swab online from DKMS.

Health conditions you can register with

You can register if the following criteria apply to you:

  • enlarged thyroid or underactive thyroid
  • thyroid (hypothyroidism/Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis stable and symptom-free. NOT Graves’ disease
  • iron-deficiency anaemia, if treatable with iron supplement
  • hay fever, mild asthma, food allergy
  • basalioma and cervical carcinoma in situ, if fully removed
  • unipolar depression, mild depression, without any limitations in daily life; no previous manic episodes
  • high blood pressure, stable and well-controlled.
Ready to become a potential lifesaver? Join the register now

Health conditions you cannot register with

You will not be able to register if you have any of the following conditions:

  • severe heart, lung or kidney diseases
  • severe illnesses of the central nervous system
  • severe mental health conditions
  • severe metabolic diseases
  • addictions: alcohol, drugs, tablets
  • severe tropical infectious diseases
  • infectious diseases like HIV, hepatitis B or hepatitis C, syphilis
  • systemic autoimmune diseases or other severe chronic illnesses, e.g. diabetes or rheumatism
  • cancer, including being cancer-free, but having had cancer in the past
  • diseases of the haematopoietic system (blood disorders).
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