Review update

November 2018

Blood Service deferral policies are regularly reviewed and are underpinned by the most up-to-date clinical and scientific evidence, so that Australia maintains one of the safest supplies of blood in the world. 

As standard practice, the Blood Service periodically establishes external committees to inform the development and review of our policies. The safety and wellbeing of blood donors and recipients of blood products is foremost in all of our decision making.

Currently the Blood Service is reviewing the policies on sexual activity deferrals, and has again established an external committee to provide advice that will be used to inform this review. This builds on the advice given by a previous external committee in 2012.

The Blood Service has received the external committee’s report. Our medical experts are considering the advice of the committee along with international and local evidence, which will inform the usual in-depth clinical risk assessment and broader review.

The Blood Service will then consider a number of potential options regarding sexual activity deferrals, ahead of a submission to the Australian regulator, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), for its consideration. Any future policy decisions will be a matter for governments.

The Blood Service would like to make it easier for all Australians to give blood, while ensuring Australia’s blood and blood products are as safe as possible for blood recipients.

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