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): link, new May 18th. Click here.

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. In addition, DKMS implemented the following globally on Bone Marrow Collection and Unstimulated Leakapheresis (DLI) requests:

Australia Australian Bone Marrow Donor Registry (ION-7748)

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)

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)

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)

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

Singapore Bone Marrow Donor Programme (ION-3785)

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

United States Gift of Life Registry (ION-1033)