Become a Donor

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to donate plasma?

To donate plasma, an individual must be at least 18 years of age, weigh at least 110 pounds and pass all other required donor eligibility criteria. For more information visit the eligibility page

How do I get started?

To schedule your first plasma donation, click on the 'Schedule an Appointment' button on the upper right hand side of this page. Complete the profile information and select the desired date and time for your first appointment.

On the day of your appointment, you must provide one or more forms of identification that includes the following information: a photo, a signature, date of birth, and social security number. Please note that EXPIRED or damaged forms of identification are not acceptable. You must also provide proof of a permanent local address within the donor recruitment area of the facility in which you would like to donate.

Visit the eligibility page for information on identifying documents and proof of address.

Is it safe to donate plasma?

Yes. Donating plasma is a low risk procedure with minimal or no side effects. Before a donor is accepted into the BioLife Plasma Services donor program, he or she must pass a physical examination and a survey of their medical history. During each subsequent visit, a staff member checks the donor's vital signs and the donor answers questions about their medical history.

How often can I donate plasma?

The body replaces the plasma removed during the donation process quickly; therefore, healthy individuals can donate as often as twice in a seven-day period, with at least one day between donations.

How long does it take to donate plasma?

On a donor's first visit, the whole process, including a physical examination provided by BioLife, medical screening and the plasma donation, usually takes about two hours. Repeat donors generally spend approximately an hour in the center, with the average plasmapheresis process taking around 45 minutes.

How is the collected plasma used?

Plasma is processed into a wide variety of life-saving therapies that benefit thousands of people everyday. Plasma-based therapeutics are used in the treatment of serious disorders such as hemophilia and immune system deficiencies, and to treat victims of shock and burn.

Why do plasma donors receive money for donating?

Plasma donors spend up to two hours, as often as twice a week, in our centers to help save someone's life or improve the quality of it. We merely offer compensation to our donors for their commitment to the program. For more compensation information, contact your local center directly.

How can I find all plasma collection centers in the US?

The Plasma Protein Therapeutics Association (PPTA) hosts a website listing all licensed plasma collection centers in the U.S. The site can be found at: pptaglobal.org.

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