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Many protective safety measures are in place to help ensure our plasma collection centers are safe during the COVID-19 crisis. A thorough screening is also conducted to ensure you can donate. Find out more

Become a Plasma Donor)

Become a Plasma Donor, Make more than $1,000* your first month.

Plasma Donation Requirements & Process

Your plasma donation can save lives. It helps create therapies to treat rare and life-threatening diseases.

Because plasma donation is so important, we compensate donors for their time. You could make more than $1,000* your first month.

Donation Process

How do I donate plasma?

  • When you enter a CSL Plasma donation center for the first time, our staff will ask you to provide a valid form of identification, proof of residency and proof of your social security number. Next, you will answer some questions. Then our medical staff will review your medical history and conduct a physical examination (check your vitals) to verify your eligibility as a donor. Once all eligibility requirements have been met, you will begin the process of donating your plasma. Upon completion of your donation, you will be compensated for your time with a reloadable prepaid card.

How long will my first plasma donation take?

  • Wait times can vary by location. Your first donation usually takes between 2 to 2 ½ hours, which includes a health assessment. Subsequent donations generally take about 1 to 1 ½ hours

How does plasma collection work?

  • We collect your plasma using a process called plasmapheresis that separates the plasma from the blood and collects it in a bottle. We use a sophisticated machine that safely collects the plasma and returns the other parts of the blood back to you.

What safety procedures are in place?

  • CSL Plasma centers have been deemed an essential business and have remained open during the COVID-19 pandemic. Because we’re committed to your health and safety, we’ve implemented a number of COVID-19 plasma donation protocols.  

Watch this video to learn more about our safety measures.

 

Plasma Donation Eligibility Requirements

Am I eligible to donate plasma?

  • Anyone in good health, between the ages of 18-65, who weighs at least 110 pounds, has no tattoos or piercings within the last 4 months, meets our eligibility and screening requirements, and has valid identification and a permanent address. For a complete list of donation requirements, please contact a CSL Plasma center near you and ask to speak to a member of our medical staff.

Can I donate plasma if I have had COVID-19?

  • Individuals who have recovered from COVID-19 are eligible to donate 14 days after the complete resolution of symptoms.

 

 

What To Bring

What do I need to bring to my first plasma donation?

In order to be eligible to donate, you must have certain types of identification:

  • A valid Government issued identification (Example: Driver's license, Military ID, etc.)
  • Proof of social security number (Example: Social Security Card)
  • If you are a resident of Mexico, please also provide a valid Border Crossing Card (BCC) or US Visa and Government issued document/identification indicating the CURP (Clave Única de Registro de Población) number
  • Proof of local residency (Example: Piece of mail postmarked in the past 60 days, current lease, utility bill, etc.)
  • And don’t forget to bring any CSL coupons for a donation bonus
     
     

 

 

Compensation Details

How are plasma donors compensated?

  • Payments are made on a reloadable prepaid card, and donors also accumulate points for each donation through our iGive Rewards® program.
  • Eligible, qualified new donors can receive more than $1,000 their first month*. Fees and programs vary by location; please contact your preferred CSL Plasma center for more information.

How often can I donate plasma?

  • U.S. FDA regulations state that the maximum frequency of donation is once in two-day period, and no more than twice in a seven day period.
 

 

 

*Compensation and promotions for eligible, qualified donors vary by location and weight. Ask the center manager at your preferred donation location for details about your compensation.
 
Before During After

What should I do before I donate plasma?

  • Ensure you are well hydrated: drink 4-6 eight-ounce glasses of water, fruit juice or other caffeine-free liquid at least 2 to 3 hours before donation
  • Avoid caffeinated beverages
  • Avoid nicotine or alcohol before or after donating plasma
  • Eat a well-balanced, non-fatty meal in the hours before you donate
  • Get adequate sleep

What should I do after I donate plasma?

  • Eat a light meal
  • Drink more fluids than usual for the next 4 hours
  • Avoid nicotine or alcohol before or after donating plasma
  • Avoid lifting heavy objects with the arm used for the donation
  • Keep your venipuncture site clean and dry
  • The bandage may be removed after several hours
  • If there is bleeding from the venipuncture site, raise arm and apply pressure
  • If fainting or dizziness occurs, either lie down or sit with your head between your knees
  • If symptoms or other discomfort persist, call the center or see a doctor

Can I donate plasma if I’m afraid of needles?

If you’re afraid of needles, you’re not alone. Many plasma donors felt slightly anxious before their first donation. However, if you feel anxious just know that your plasma is helping save lives.

At each CSL Plasma donation center, we strive to ensure a positive donation experience. Our friendly staff will talk you through every step. On your first visit, you receive a free health assessment from our Medical Staff Associate who can discuss any concerns you may have about donating. 

During your donation, you can relax in one of our donation beds and read a book or watch a movie on your mobile device. At CSL Plasma, our donation equipment and technology is also designed to support a good donor experience. A member of the CSL Plasma team is always nearby to monitor your progress along the way.
 
If you still feel a bit uneasy about needles:
  • Visualize having a successful plasma donation,
  • Focus on the benefits of your donation
  • Take slow deep breaths
  • Smile! Know that donors like you are helping patients in your community.

Is plasma donation safe, and are side effects possible when donating plasma? 

  • At CSL Plasma, we are committed to your safety. For healthy adults who meet donation eligibility requirements, donating plasma is generally a safe procedure. 
  • As part of our donation process, you will receive a brief health assessment - at no cost - by one of our trained Medical Staff Associates.  
  • Side effects are possible with any procedure, although they are rare and usually resolve quickly. Our professional staff will carefully review potential side effects of plasma donation with you and answer any questions you have.
     
Any more questions? Check out our FAQ page.
 
 

 

 

 

First-time donors, please contact the center to confirm that your home address is within our recruitment area PRIOR to visiting since it varies per location.


*Donors can earn up to $1,100. Compensation and promotions for eligible, qualified donors vary by location and weight. Ask the center manager at your preferred donation location for details about your compensation.