How Canadian Blood Services is Involved
Who we are
The OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network is a Canadian Blood Services program dedicated to recruiting and finding healthy, committed volunteer donors for patients in need of stem cell transplants. OneMatch staff coordinate searches in Canada, and with other international registries, towards a single goal - helping patients get the stem cells they need.
How does it work?
OneMatch maintains a growing database of more than 220,000 individuals who have agreed to donate stem cells to any patient in need anywhere in the world. These volunteer donors must meet a variety of eligibility requirements and undergo a comprehensive health assessment to ensure that the donation process will be safe for them and anyone receiving their stem cells.
The OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network operates according to international standards established by the World Marrow Donor Association (WMDA). The WMDA is the international organization that promotes the ethical, technical, medical and financial aspects of stem cell transplantation. By adhering to these standards, OneMatch has access to more than 11-million registrants on 55 plus international registries. This international cooperation results in over half of Canadian patients receiving stem cells from international donors.
The decision to begin a search for an unrelated donor, as well as choosing a suitable donor, rests entirely with the transplant centre. Our mandate is to coordinate the search and subsequent donation of an unrelated volunteer donor.