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National Marrow Donor Program® 22nd Edition Standards and Glossary (effective May 1, 2014), replaces the 21st Edition Standards, (effective October 1, 2011). 

For a summary of the differences between the 21st and 22nd Editions of Standards, refer to the Record of Change document on the Web site.

The NMDP Standards are reviewed on a 2 year cycle. As part of this review process, the NMDP invites comments from the public on the content of the NMDP Standards.  Send your comments at any time to Please include the justification for any proposed changes.  The Standards Advisory Group will review and evaluate all comments with the next revision cycle.

The NMDP Standards Advisory Group has approved an Interim Standard for Section 4.0000 of the 22nd Edition of the NMDP Standards: Criteria for Participating Cord Blood Banks. Please note this interim standard with any updates to your facility’s policies, procedures or processes. All changes will be incorporated with the next edition in the scheduled course of review.

Center-specific participation criteria

NMDP standards are designed to ensure that donors and patients receive high quality care and that government standards are met.

Apheresis Center

Apheresis Center Participation Criteria (PDF) 

Collection Center

Collection Center Participation Criteria (PDF) 

Cord Blood Bank

Donor Center

Donor Center Participation Criteria (PDF)  

International Donor Centers and Registries

 International Donor Centers and Registries  Participation Criteria (PDF) 

Recruitment Group

Recruitment Center Participation Criteria (PDF)

Transplant Center

Transplant Center Participation Criteria (PDF)

Participation center criteria comments, suggestions or questions related to the NMDP participation criteria are welcome, and can be made by e-mailing