Registries, search units and transplant centers can initiate a DKMS Registry search to identify a suitable DKMS donor whose relevant HLA characteristics match those of their patient as closely as possible.
Dedicated to DKMS’s mission to give as many patients as possible a second chance at life, the DKMS Registry was founded as a non-profit subsidiary of DKMS in 2020. However, DKMS had already been working as an official international registry since 2015, when the registry started to make DKMS-BMST donors from India available to patients worldwide. The listing of DKMS donors from Chile in the registry followed in 2018. In 2020, the DKMS Registry expanded its international activities by listing DKMS donors from the United Kingdom for international search requests. By April 2021, we will also list DKMS donors from Germany and Poland, and we are also planning to list our donors from South Africa. The result will be an ethnically diverse donor pool with donors from six donor centers on four continents. With our donors’ listing, we are also creating a uniform, transparent and efficient process that enables international registries, search units and transplant centers to find and request 25% of the registered unrelated potential stem cell donors worldwide in one place, the DKMS Registry. Our goal is to keep pace with all needs in unrelated stem cell transplantation by introducing new features such as new markers, additional medical information and efficient donor request processes so that patients have an even better chance of finding the most suitable donor.
Providing access to our DKMS donors is only one of our tasks. Another responsibility we take on is to help patients and transplant centers in countries without a national bone marrow donor registry or with limited infrastructure. In these countries, transplant centers experience difficulties in getting access to unrelated donors – whether DKMS or non-DKMS.
We are currently supporting around 50 transplant centers in India and four transplant centers in Chile in their search for matching donors for their patients. To identify the best match, we search in both the DKMS and the worldwide donor pool of all international registries. Our experienced search coordinators assist the transplant centers with the worldwide donor search and donor selection process as well as with the donor requests for other registries.
We collaborate internationally with registries and transplant centers to ensure access to donors across international borders, providing a consistent and quality-based service to all our partners at every step of the journey to transplantation.