Change in tattoo policy for Bonfils blood donors


Posted on 01/16/2017

Effective Monday, Jan. 16, Bonfils blood donors may be eligible to donate if they've had a tattoo applied within the last 12 months.

The updated policy will allow a person to donate without a waiting period if that tattoo was applied in a state-regulated, professional shop using sterile needles and single-use ink in Colorado or another state on the approved list.

Previously, all Bonfils blood donors were deferred from giving blood for 12 months after getting a tattoo/make-up application that was not performed in a physician's office using single-use equipment.

The safety of the blood supply remains Bonfils' top priority. Bonfils recognizes and appreciates the safety precautions a tattoo shop must make in order to be state regulated in Colorado. 

List of approved states as of  July 2017:

Prospective blood donors may contact Bonfils' Donor Relations department for information at 303.363.2202.