2) Please check whether you are eligible to donate stem cells: www.sovinkoluovuttajaksi.fi.
For more information on your eligibility, call +358 29 300 1515 or send an e-mail to kantasolurekisteri(at)veripalvelu.fi.
3) Complete an online form to join the registry
You can join the registry here. After you have filled the online registration form you will receive a confirmation email from firstname.lastname@example.org in your email address. Your registration is complete once you have clicked the link in the comfirmation mail! Please note that the confirmation has to be done within one hour.
4) Take a sample from the inside of your mouth.
We will post you a sterilised cotton swab so you can take a sample. However, do not take a sample if you have a respiratory infection. Please note: The mailings of cotton swabs has been suspended due to coronavirus outbreak. You can join the Stem Cell Registry as usual via online form but unfortunately you'll have wait for the sample kit a bit longer than normally.
5) Return your sample to the Blood Service in the envelope enclosed.
A preliminary tissue typing obtained from the saliva sample is used to find a suitable donor. Only those who have returned the sample may be included in the registry.
The blood- and tissue typing of the saliva samples of those joining the Stem Cell Registry are done in a contract laboratory in the United States. Only the sample and an identifying code are sent to the laboratory. Name or any other identification information will not be sent. The Blood Service confirms with contracts that EU privacy policies are applied and that the sample material is not used in any other function than what is specified in the contract. When the tissue typing is done, the information will be saved both Finnish and the global registries (World Marrow Donor Association).
Thank you for your interest in helping!