Joining the Blood Service Biobank

​You can join the Blood Service Biobank as part of blood donation. Joining it is always voluntary.

A woman filling out the biobank registration form.

By giving your consent, you will give the Blood Service Biobank the right to collect samples and data for the Biobank during your blood donation visits. Providing a sample will not affect the duration of the blood donation, the total amount of blood donated, or future blood donations.

If you’re interested in joining the Biobank, read the biobanking consent details (pdf) and the associated information sheet (pdf) beforehand. The blood donation staff will give you the official consent form to complete and sign before your blood donation.

Once you have signed the form, your consent is valid until you withdraw it.

Infographic about joining the biobank. The same information can be found below in text.

How the Biobank works

  1. A donor signs the biobanking consent.
  2. A nurse collects your samples when you attend for a blood donation.
  3. The Blood Service stores your samples and data.
  4. The samples and data are then made available to researchers.
  5. Research data is then returned to the Biobank for use in subsequent research.
  6. Medical science and treatment practices both benefit.

Can I withdraw my consent?

You have the right to withdraw your consent at any time.

Withdrawing the Biobank consent

How is my data processed?

The data and samples held by the Biobank are processed and stored with strict respect for privacy.

Processing of the data

What is biobank material used for?

The Blood Service Biobank conducts research aimed at preventing illnesses and identifying the pathological processes involved, the goal being to promote public health.

Blood Service Biobank