This page includes resources and information for the stem cell community regarding coronavirus. As the stem cell community continues to address the ongoing spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), which causes COVID-19, WMDA will provide updates through this web page.

General information:

Information for healthcare professionals:

WMDA Webinars on COVID-19

Professional Societies

AABB: link

American Society for Transplantation and Cellular Therapy (ASTCT): link, new May 20th, watch here the joint ASTCT/NMDP webinar.

European Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (EBMT), 12 januari 2021, see her the link.

Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT): link

World Marrow Donor Association (WMDA)

Worldwide Network For Blood & Marrow Transplantation (WBMT): link

Courier Information

Ontime Onboard Courier/ECS

We are constantly monitoring all developments, which involves being in contact with relevant customers about possible scenarios and solutions. We are also working on Plan Bs and Cs to make sure the live saving product is securely transported from the donor to the patient in need. Selection of the most suitable couriers and transport routing is as always our highest priority! Please feel free to contact us anytime, if questions or queries occur: We are always happy to assist you.


Time:matters Stem Cell Courier Services are operational and we continue to tailor stem cell courier transport solutions worldwide within the existing legal limits and currently existing travel restrictions. We exchange on a regular basis information within the international WMDA Emergency Task Force working on transport contingency plans for the entire WMDA community. Currently, the biggest challenge for transport planning are the short-term changes in international travel (e.g.immigration restrictions, flight availability, quarantine protocols), which require flexibility from all parties involved. Therefore, we recommend that TCs and registries contact their authorities at an early stage that they can apply for an possible exemption for stem cell couriers when travel restrictions are introduced or tightened. In this crisis time:matters Group will follow the official advise of WHO, respective national governments, state governments and Lufthansa Group! Please contact our stem cell team at for any inquiries. Existing bookings will be administered and reassessed in connection with the changed regulation. We will contact you proactively if we need to discuss alternative options.

WMDA registries 

DKMS (Germany, Poland, US, UK, India and Chile)

Read here information from DKMS how they can organise a health availability check without blood collection instead of conventional Confirmatory/Verification Typing.

Australia Australian Bone Marrow Donor Registry (ION-7748)

Austrian Bone Marrow Registry (ION-2614)

Belgium Marrow Donor Programme Belgium - MDPB (ION-4201)

Canada Canadian Blood Services Stem Cell Registry (ION-5103)

Canada Héma-Québec Registry (ION-6912)

China Marrow Donor Programme - CMDP  (ION-2197)

        CMDP would report to WMDA if any critical contingency occurs. 
        And we are grateful to the understanding of worldwide registries as to this special situation.
        Let's work together to get through this hard time.
        Thank you!

Croatia Croatian Bone Marrow Donor Registry (ION-5712)

Cyprus Cyprus Bone Marrow Donor Registry (ION-9751)

The classification of the countries was made based on their current epidemiological data. To this extend, two categories were created including countries with which connectivity is restored.

For passengers arriving from countries included in Category B, will continue to need a clear COVID19 test issued 72 hours before their departure in order to be allowed onboard. Cypriot nationals and legal residents from those countries will be able to take the test upon their arrival to the island. In such an occasion and until the test results are issued, they will remain in self-isolation at home. For all other countries which are not included in the two categories, at any given time, the Republic of Cyprus will allow flights carrying solely Cypriot citizens and people to whom special permission will be granted.  In this occasion, they would have to furnish a clear Covid-19 test conducted 72 hours previously, before they are allowed to board an aircraft to Cyprus. Alternatively, the test can be conducted upon their arrival to Cyprus, however passengers will remain at a designated area for 1 day or until the test results are issued. 
All passengers arriving from countries which are not included in the two categories, will be transported to their houses to undergo a 14 day self-isolation. The cost for the laboratory test as well as the quarantine/self-isolation/transportation cost will be paid by the passenger. In countries where it is verified that the Authorities cannot provide laboratory test services, and in order to facilitate those passengers interested to travel to Cyprus, this facility will be provided upon their arrival in Cyprus. 
The Ministry of Health will continue to evaluate the epidemiological data of the countries, in order to validate the inclusion of the countries in the abovementioned categories. In the following days, additional countries will be announced. 
As of Monday, May 25 at 6am, people who are currently in quarantine will be allowed to go home and spend the remaining days in self- isolation, based on the category of their country of origin. 
Those repatriating between May 25 and June 8 will be tested upon arrival and remain for one day at a designated place or until the result is issued. They will then go home and self-isolate for seven days if arriving from countries included in the two categories and 14 days if arriving from other countries.

Czechia Czech National Marrow Donor Registry Plzeň (ION-5440)

Czechia Czech Stem Cell Registry (ION-4753)

Denmark Danish Stem Cell Donors East (ION-7484)

Denmark Stem Cell Donors West (ION-2015)

Finnish Stem Cell Registry - FSCR (ION-9738)

France France Greffe De Moelle - FGM (ION-1804)

Germany ZKRD (ION-6939)

Please note that currently the ZKRD *strongly* recommends using couriers from an experienced and audited courier company for pick-ups to or from international centers. Currently citizens of non-EU countries will only be permitted to enter the EU, and thus Germany, in cases of documented urgent need. All affected registries providing their own couriers should closely monitor travel restrictions and remain in contact with Transport Management. For products from German donor centers, please call the following number (ZKRD Transport Management) for assistance if couriers experience difficulties: +49 731 1507 201. For products involving DKMS donors: If a courier experiences problems you can call this mobile number: +49 174 192 59 36 

Hungary Hungarian Stem Cell Donor Registry (ION-1695)

Hong Kong Bone Marrow Donor Registry (ION-4070) 

Israel Ezer Mizion Registry Israel  Bone Marrow Donor Registry (ION-4987)

Israel Hadassah Registry (ION-5239)

India DKMS-BMST Foundation by intermediary of DKMS Registry (ION-9935)

Italy Italian Bone Marrow Donor Registry (ION-1055)

Japan Marrow Donor Program - JMDP (ION-4364)

We will continue to update as the COVID-19 situation changes.

Korea Marrow Donor Program -KMDP (WO-1058)

Netherlands Matchis (ION-8139)

Norway Norwegian Bone Marrow Donor Registry (ION-7214)

Poland Poltransplant (ION-5391)

Portugal Cedace (ION-7358)

Romanian National Registry of Hematopoietic Stem Cells Voluntary Donors (ION 1372)

The following updates are provided:

Russia Karelian Registry of Hematopoietic Stem Cells (ION-8256)

Singapore Bone Marrow Donor Programme (ION-3785)

Donor Status

BMDP Action


All Donors

Ensure donors are free of respiratory symptoms for at least 14 days before planned donation.

Donors should not travel outside of Singapore for at least 14 days before planned donation.

Both PBSC and BM donors: Nasal swab COVID-19 test within 48 hours before planned donation.

If donor is tested positive for COVID-19, defer donation for 3 months from recovery/resolution of symptoms.

Donors with history of COVID-19 Infection

Defer collection for 3 months from recovery/resolution of symptoms.

Donors had contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case in the last 14 days

Defer collection for 28 days after donor’s last contact with person with confirmed COVID-19 infection

Donors with household members who have had contact with confirmed COVID-19 case in the last 14 days


Defer collection for 28 days after donor’s household members last contact with person with confirmed COVID-19 infection

Donors who are under quarantine order (QO), Stay-Home Notice (SHN), Leave-Of-Absence (LOA) or equivalent

Defer collection for 28 days after the last day of QO/SHN/LOA


South Africa South African Bone Marrow Registry (ION-8118)

Spain Registro de Donantes de Médula Ósea (REDMO) (ION-7813)

Sweden Tobias Registry Sweden Bone Marrow Donor Registry (ION-5285)

Switzerland Blutspende SRK Schweiz (Swiss Blood Stem Cells)  (ION-9341)

Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Stem Cells Center - BTCSCC (ION-3458)

Thailand Thai National Stem Cell Donor Registry - TSCDR (ION-8362)

Turkey - TRAN and TRIS (ION-5509 and ION-3893)

United Kingdom, Anthony Nolan (ION-6354)

Anthony Nolan staff are now predominantly working from home, but there is no change to our contact information or service to international registries.

United Kingdom British Bone Marrow Registry (ION-2731)

United Kingdom Welsh Bone Marrow Donor Registry (ION-6354)

United States Be The Match-NMDP Registry (ION-3553)

United States Gift of Life Registry (ION-1033)