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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). 

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.

Proposed 23rd Edition NMDP Standards

On May 1, 2015, the NMDP posted proposed changes to the 22nd Edition of NMDP Standards. The NMDP would greatly appreciate comments related to these proposed changes.

Please view the proposed changes to the 22nd Edition of NMDP Standards via the link below. Please submit questions or comments related to content and accuracy to the Standards Committee by May 31, 2015. Send your comments to Please include the justification for any proposed changes.

The Standards Committee will review and evaluate all comments, submitting the proposed changes to the NMDP Board of Directors for final approval.

For ease of review, a redlined and clean copy of the proposed 23rd Edition Standards and a Record of Change are included below.

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