How long do we keep your data - Irish Blood Transfusion Service

How long do we keep your data

The IBTS is legally obliged to retain all information required to ensure the traceability of donations from donor to patient for a period of not less than 30 years. This includes demographic information, information in relation to your eligibility to donate and all medical and testing information.

The relevant legislation is as follows:

  • SI 360/05: European Communities (Quality and Safety of Human Blood and Blood Components) Regulations 2005
  • SI 158/06: European Communities (Quality and Safety of Human Tissues and Cells) Regulations 2006

and the associated EU Directives.      

  • Directive 2002/98/EC: 'Setting the standards of quality and safety for the collection, testing, processing, storage and distribution of human blood and blood components and amending Directive 2001/83/EC'.
  • Directive 2004/23/EC 'Setting standards of quality and safety for the donation, procurement, testing, processing, preservation, storage and distribution of human tissues and cells'.