The Gift of Life Marrow Registry will require global cooperative registries requesting donors on behalf of their member transplant centers to either cryopreserve products or have readily available an alternative donor or product for their patients beginning on January 17, 2022. This is in effect for all NEW requests received on or after this date, until further notice. Cryopreservation services are available upon request at Gift of Life’s cellular therapy laboratory when donors are collected at its Gift of Life – Be The Match Collection Center. Please address questions to your Gift of Life case manager.
Click here to view notice on WMDA site.
Our approach is personalized and proactive. We know you seek consistent and reliable service from us. Your patients count on it. That’s why we provide technology designed to streamline the search process—a database of donors typed at levels that exceed the industry standard and a retention program intended to increase availability.
Pre-emptive upgrading of potentially matched donors and a financial assistance program that underwrites certain services for patients who lack insurance coverage are just a few of our other exceptional programs at Gift of Life. Personalized case management enables us to handle each request on an individual basis, giving it the attention it deserves. We also prepare potential backup donors, when available, in the event that primary donors are deferred. All this happens behind the scenes, without you even knowing it.
Transplant Center Criteria
Transplant Centers must meet the following criteria, outlined below, on an ongoing basis in order to request donors from the Gift of Life Marrow Registry. Centers interested in establishing participation agreements with Gift of Life must contact Barby Sloven at 1-561-982-2900.
Centers that request donors through a cooperative registry that maintains a participation agreement with Gift of Life do not need to establish separate transplant center participation agreements. They represent that their member transplant center meets Gift of Life Standards, regulatory requirements, and World Marrow Donor Association Standards.
Personnel and Transplant Team
Transplant Centers shall:
- Ensure donors they deem to be suitably matched are requested for recipients for whom allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation is a medically acceptable procedure.
- Have adequate resources to support donor search management activities, including a full time search coordinator who has a strong understanding of the search process, tissue typing methodologies, antigen specificities, and HLA nomenclature.
- Have dedicated transplant medical teams, including a full time, licensed medical director with a background in allogeneic HPC transplantation and at least one other attending physician experienced in allogeneic HPC transplantation.
- Have sufficient data management personnel to comply with GOL’s data submission requirements and to comply with GOL data and follow up requests in a timely manner.
- Have sufficient support personnel possessing relevant experience and qualifications.
- Have key staff readily accessible via telephone, facsimile pager, and e-mail.
- Have a transplant team trained in the management of pediatric patients if the transplant center performs pediatric transplants.
- Obtain IRB approval of any transplant protocols the transplant center’s IRB considers necessary.
- Be responsible for reporting adverse events to regulatory agencies as required by law, applicable accrediting agencies as required by the terms of accreditation, and to GOL in a timely manner.
Policies and Procedures/Insurance
Transplant Centers shall:
- Maintain adequate written policies and procedures relating to their transplant programs and quality assurance and improvement processes.
- Ensure that their patients for whom Gift of Life donors are requested to donate HPCs give appropriate informed consent for their procedures and for the use of the particular donor(s) whose HPCs are intended for transplantation, including any unusual donor test results or characteristics that might increase the risk of transplantation-related harm to the recipient.
- Procure and maintain, at their sole expense, policies of insurance with minimum limits specified in their participation agreements with Gift of Life, insuring them against any claims, liabilities, damages, and judgments that may arise as a result of carrying out their responsibilities under this Agreement.
Transplant Centers and Cooperative Registries are requested to provide and train their own couriers on proper practices and regulatory requirements for the domestic and international transportation of HPC products according to the World Marrow Donor Association’s Transport Guidelines. Click here for full details.
The Gift of Life Registry is universally accessible to any patient worldwide needing an unrelated donor for transplantation. Transplant coordinators can search for Gift of Life donors in the following ways:
- Log on to the WMDA’s Search & Match Service, formerly operated by BMDW. Gift of Life has listed its donors with BMDW, and now the WMDA, for over 20 years; the anonymized HLA tissue typing data is updated routinely. If potential donors are listed with the designation USA4, contact Gift of Life to submit a preliminary search request.
- Gift of Life is an affiliate donor registry of the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP). Searches of the NMDP automatically include searches of Gift of Life’s registry.
- Gift of Life is a participant in the European Marrow Donor Information System (EMDIS). Our donors may be requested by any international registry that participates in EMDIS.
- Donor searches are re-run on a regular basis and an automated alert is sent to the requesting Transplant Center when new matches are found.
Gift of Life has adopted the following donor selection criteria:
- Diseases and disease stages treatable by hematopoietic cell transplantation are those promulgated by the NMDP.
- The minimal match criteria are at least a 7/8 match at an antigen level (serologic split) for HLA A, B, C and DRB1. Exceptions may be made by the Medical Director in cases when the Transplant Center has determined that no other more appropriate donor is available.
- A Transplant Center may request a particular donor to make a maximum of two subsequent donations for the same recipient. All requests require the approval of the Medical Director. The product that may be requested is dependent upon prior product(s) donated, the time frame since the prior donation and re-establishment of the donor’s eligibility and suitability to donate. Contact Gift of Life for further details on the policy.
Preliminary searches of the Gift of Life Registry may be ordered by physicians, Transplant Centers, and international registry Search Coordinating Units. A Transplant Center or international registry must order formal search activation for additional donor testing. We recommend that all searches be initiated in this manner in order to expedite the process.
Gift of Life is committed to adhering to the Standards promulgated by the WMDA and therefore accepts forms approved by the Donor Registries Working Group of the WMDA. These forms can be accessed by clicking here.
Patient Search Form
To download Gift of Life's Patient Search Form, click here.