Blood donor eligibility updated for sex work, acupuncture and more
Canadian Blood Services continues to evolve our donor criteria based on scientific evidence and the highest patient safety standards to maximize our pool of donors and ensure sustainability of our blood supply. Earlier this week, several blood donation eligibility criteria areas were updated:
- Removal of the lifetime deferral for anyone who has engaged in sex work since 1977. Current evidence does not support such a policy, and as such, the existing deferral has effectively been shortened from a lifetime to a 12-month waiting period.
- The request to evolve this criterion was part of a larger regulatory submission to our regulator, Health Canada, through which we received approval to update eligibility criteria related to acupuncture, steroid use, cocaine use, electrolysis and more.
Following these recent changes, thousands more may now be eligible to donate in Canada. Visit blood.ca to learn more.
Town hall Wednesday, Oct. 26: Call for questions
Our next live town hall event is coming up Wednesday, Oct. 26, 1–2 p.m. ET. Please submit questions in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line ‘TOWNHALL’ or use this anonymous form. You can also submit questions live during the event after joining with the meeting link in your Outlook invitation. We’ve seen great engagement prior and during the townhall events. Due to the large number of questions received, it may not always be possible to get to every inquiry, however we strive to provide responses through Your Digest, Connect or by emailing you directly if a name is included with the question.
Disability Employment Awareness Month: Moving from accommodation to inclusion
Disability Employment Awareness Month (DEAM) takes place every October to acknowledge and promote the contributions and inclusion of people with disabilities in the workplace. In recognition of DEAM and our commitment to building a culture of belonging and inclusivity for all employees, the DEI division is holding a special workshop on Oct. 31 (12–1 p.m. ET). Facilitated by Christine Selinger, a consultant and facilitator specializing in disability-related education, this session will engage participants in examining some of the barriers specific to disability inclusion that exist in the workplace and society, and how we can create a culture of inclusion and belonging. Register here.
Question of the day
Was Canadian Plasma Resources included in the plasma RFP? Will they now get to keep some of their products in Canada?
Canadian Blood Services initiated a competitive request for procurement (RFP) process to see if an acceptable agreement could be developed — one that would enable an end-to-end supply chain for immunoglobulins in Canada and increase domestic plasma collection quickly while still safeguarding the national blood system we operate. Several potential companies from within the plasma industry were invited to submit proposals. After completing all stages of the RFP process, which was aligned with industry best practices and monitored by a fairness advisor, the successful company was Grifols.
To clarify, through this agreement, Canadian Blood Services will be buying immunoglobulins from Grifols that they will make for us in Canada. We are not purchasing the raw plasma that immunoglobulins are made from. Canadian Plasma Resources does not manufacture immunoglobulins; they only collect plasma.