Schiff, Maloney Introduce Resolution Highlighting the Need for Equitable Blood Donation Policies

April 06, 2021

A group of Democratic legislators in the U.S. House of Representatives led by Reps. Adam Schiff and Carolyn Maloney recently introduced a resolution highlighting the need for nondiscriminatory and equitable blood and blood product donation policies in the United States. The resolution states that “policies governing blood and blood product donation in the United States” should be grounded in science, minimize deferral periods, be based on individual risk factors, not unfairly single out any group of individuals and allow donations by all those who can safely do so. 

The legislators issued the resolution nearly one year after the Food and Drug Administration revised its deferral policy for men who have sex with men (MSM) and as the agency continues to evaluate alternatives to the current deferral MSM policy. Schiff introduced a similar resolution in favor of individual risk assessment last year. 

AABB remains committed to removing unnecessary deferrals to achieve  more inclusivity in the blood donation process. The Association also supports additional research being conducted by FDA; the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute; and other public and private organizations to ensure that donor deferral policies do not unnecessarily exclude individuals who are able to donate blood safely.