NBMDR recruits blood donors from blood banks throughout Norway (since 2004 also from Iceland). HLA types of all NBMDR donors are listed in Bone Marrow Donors Worldwide, and representatives from NBMDR take active part in World Marrow Donor Association (WMDA).
NBMDR is open for search requests for bone marrow donation to patients at transplant centers.
NBMDR has been
accredited by WMDA since March 27, 2009. Institute of Immunology, which performs the HLA typing, is accredited by European Federation of Immunogenetics (EFI). NBMDR is licensed by the Norwegian Directorate for Health and Social Affairs as a tissue establishment according to the Norwegian regulation of April 7, 2006, on setting standards of quality and safety for the donation, procurement, testing, processing, preservation, storage and distribution of human tissue and cells (EU and Commission Directives on human tissue and cells).
The Norwegian Bone Marrow Donor Registry was sponsored from the start in 1990 until January 1, 2014 by The Norwegian Cancer Society. After January 21, 2014, the finances of the registry has been covered by Oslo University Hospital only.