UK Begins Collecting First Plasma Donations for Fractionation

April 08, 2021

The United Kingdom’s NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) began collecting plasma donations for fractionation for the first time in more than 20 years on Wednesday. NHSBT will collect donations for the next three months at 14 donor centers repurposed following the end of COVID-19 convalescent plasma collections. For now, the agency will recruit donors from the existing NHSBT donor base but plans to introduce open recruitment in the future. 

Between 1998 and 2021, the U.K. banned the use of plasma sourced in the country in response to concerns over the spread of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease. In February, the U.K.’s Department of Health and Social Care announced that it would lift the ban on U.K.-sourced plasma following the recommendation of the independent Commission on Human Medicines.