Good news! The FDA has updated their policy regarding exposure to Mad Cow Disease/Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD) and has lifted the indefinite ban for some European countries. We know many of our veterans and military families were deferred for this reason and we are excited to welcome you back. Please see below for more information.

What You Need to Know

Many European countries have been removed from the CJD exposure list. Carefully view the questions below:

From 1980 through 1996, did you spend time that adds up to 3 months or more in:

  • The United Kingdom countries of

    • England

    • Northern Ireland

    • Scotland

    • Wales

    • The Isle of Man

    • The Channel Islands

    • Gibraltar

    • Falkland Islands

From 1980 through 2001, did you:

  • Spend time that adds up to 5 years or more in France or Ireland? (Time spent in Ireland does not include time spent in Northern Ireland which is part of the United Kingdom)

From 1980 to the present, did you:

  • Receive a blood transfusion in France, Ireland, England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the Isle of Man, The Channel Islands, Gibraltar, or the Falkland Islands?


If you answered no to all of these questions, you may be able to donate again! If you answered yes to any of these questions you will still be deferred.

If you were previously deferred for this reason only, you will now be eligible to give. We hope you will take time to schedule an appointment with us! Click the button below to schedule, text BAGIVE to 999777, or call 800-962-0628. See you soon!

To view more about the FDA’s changes regarding possible exposure to CJD, please visit their website by clicking here.