Obtaining Blood Components for Research


Researchers can obtain blood components (whole blood, packed red cells, plasma, buffy coats, specimen tubes, etc.) from our Blood4Research Facility. Any researcher can apply, however, Canadian Blood Services projects have priority over outside organizations. The time for application review and approval may depend on the number of Canadian Blood Services projects currently underway.

Obtaining Blood Components FAQ

Where can I find forms to obtain blood components for research?
What products can I obtain?
How do I order blood products?

Researchers can order blood products after they receive 1) their own institutional REB approval, 2) Canadian Blood Services REB approval, and 3) a Material Transfer Agreement (signed by your organization.) Once these are complete, please download the order form and read the instructions carefully. Researchers must place their orders at least eight (8) weeks in advance.
B4R Order Form (Excel)

When is blood available?

The Blood4Research Facility holds whole blood donor clinics on Mondays; products are sent to researchers on Tuesdays. If we are unable to provide your required product on the Tuesday, we will do our best to provide it Thursday.
The Blood4Research Facility holds apheresis donor clinics on Thursdays. We send product the same day.

Note: We do not hold donor clinics on Statutory Holidays including:
January 1: New Year’s Day
February: BC Family Day
March / April: Easter Monday
May: Victoria Day
July 1: Canada Day
August 1: BC Day
September: Labour Day
October: Thanksgiving
November: Remembrance Day
December: Closed the last 2 weeks