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Coronavirus (COVID-19) update – please contact IBGRL before referring samples from suspected/confirmed positive patients.

Sample(s) and request form(s) must be labelled as HIGH RISK and comply with UN3373.

Further information

International Rare Donor Panel

The International Donor Panel (IRDP) was conceived under a joint World Health Organisation (WHO) and ISBT initiative in 1965 to facilitate the rapid location and exchange of rare blood between countries.

The panel currently contains details of rare donors from 27 contributing countries and also frozen unit inventories from frozen blood banks around the world. The compilation and maintenance of the IRDP is carried out by the Red Cell Reference department of the IBGRL in Bristol, UK. 

International Rare Donor Panel

Access now

The IRDP database can be accessed by authorised users via the website https://safe.nhsbt.nhs.uk/RareDonor/Login/Default.aspx.

Access is restricted to medical professionals who may be required to source rare blood for clinical use only.

All access requests should be made by email to the IBGRL (rare.donor@nhsbt.nhs.uk) and staff at the IBGRL will also be happy to assist with a search when required.

Contact details

Blood centre staff and other professionals requiring information regarding donors of a specific rare blood group should contact:

  • Email: rare.donor@nhsbt.nhs.uk
  • Phone: +44 (0) 117 921 7586             
  • Alternative Phone: +44 (0) 117 921 7587
  • FAX: +44 (0) 117 921 7329