The legal age for donating blood drops to 17

The USR project also allows young people who have turned 17 to donate blood, with the written consent of their parents or legal guardian and meeting all medical eligibility conditions.

“I am fully convinced that in the current generation of young people there is a mountain of enthusiasm and empathy, and ensuring the legal framework for donating blood from the age of 17 is a gesture that gives confidence to this generation”, declares Adrian Wiener, USR deputy.

“Every moment, somebody’s mother, somebody’s grandfather, somebody’s girlfriend needs blood to survive. Romania has been facing a blood crisis for many years. Only 2% of the population donates blood. The European average is 6%. We would need 4% to cover the need. I dedicated the last 8 years to solving the blood crisis in Romania – from civil society, from the Ministry of Health and, today, from the Parliament – and I realized, during these years, that every drop of blood counts. Literally. Think that every blood donation means two lives saved. We initiated this bill because we know that early interventions always have the greatest impact and young people want to get involved”, says Diana Stoica, co-initiator of the law.

Romania has, according to the data of the National Institute of Statistics, 221,020 17-year-olds and 216,261 18-year-olds who could help save lives by donating blood. Romania can join countries such as the USA, Canada and Great Britain where young people can donate.

“We only have half of the blood needed daily in hospitals and the solution is to double the number of donors, as well as the frequency of donations. Young people have less fear of the new and 40% of teenagers have contributed, voluntarily, already in the last three years of pandemic and refugee crises. We hope to trigger at this age, closer to the ideals, a civic behavior of donors that will last all their lives and maybe trigger civic behaviors in their parents and in the social group. We learned from the experience of the USA, Canada and the UK, which already have this possibility of donation, and we also consulted with the Employers’ Federation of Family Physicians’ Offices, which can become mobilization vectors for donation in general and good advisors for them”. states Oana Ţoiu, USR deputy.

The project proposes to supplement Law no. 282/2005 on the organization of the blood transfusion activity, the donation of blood and blood components of human origin in accordance with the provisions of Commission Directive 2004/33/EC of March 22, 2004, implementing Directive 2002/98/EC of the European Parliament and the Council regarding certain technical requirements for blood and blood components.

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