One question new donors most frequently ask is how often can they donate plasma. And why shouldn't they? People across the world rely on life-saving protein therapies derived from your donated plasma; the more regular the donations are, the more lives we make happier and healthier!
However, to ensure the absolute safety of donors and the final therapies, donors and donation centers must follow regulatory standards issued by the FDA and the International Quality Plasma Program (IQPP). According to the FDA, you can donate not more than twice in seven days, two days apart. This is because after donating plasma, your body needs time to recover.
We call it the 2-7-2 Rule.
So how do all centers know whether you have donated elsewhere?
Centers regularly maintain and cross-reference the Cross-Donation Management System a national database to make sure individuals only donate plasma within pre-defined timeframes to help protect donor health. This system is maintained by the Plasma Protein Therapeutics Association (PPTA) to meet the IQPP Cross Donation Management Standard.
IQPP requires centers to store and share this information to ensure that donor centers minimize the risk of cross-donating amongst donors. These measures ensure your absolute safety, as well as the absolute safety and quality of the final therapies derived from your donated plasma.
Want to donate plasma? Find more information here.