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Joining is easy

Joining the Stem Cell Registry is easy and donating stem cells is safe to do. Your donation could save a person’s life!

​1) First, please read our information sheet 

Here you can find information for those who​ want to join the Stem Cell Registry.

2) Please check whether you are eligible to donate stem cells 

Take a quick Can I Donate -online test to see whether you are eligible to donate stem cells. For more information on your eligibility, call +358 29 300 1515 or send an e-mail to kantasolurekisteri(at)

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 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 samples from the inside of your mouth

We will post you four sterilised cotton swabs so you can take a sample. However, do not take a sample if you have a respiratory infection. 

5) Return your samples to the Blood Service in the envelope enclosed.

Preliminary tissue type, blood group and CMV status obtained from the saliva sample are used to find a suitable donor. Only those who have returned the sample may be included in the registry.

The tissue type, blood group and CMV status are performed in a contract laboratory in the United States. Only samples and associated   identifying codes 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 type, blood group and CMV status are done, the information will be saved both Finnish and the global registries (World Marrow Donor Association).
Thank you for your interest in helping!