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Celebrating 10 Years of International Plasma Awareness

Get 10 fast facts about plasma as we mark International Plasma Awareness Week.

10th annual International Plasma Awareness Week

This year International Plasma Awareness Week turns 10 years old – uniting the industry and commemorating a decade of effort with three core goals:


  • Raise global awareness about source plasma collection.
  • Recognize the contributions of plasma donors to saving and improving lives. 
  • Increase understanding about lifesaving plasma protein therapies and rare diseases.

As we recognize the decade that IPAW has spanned, we share 10 facts about the amazing act of donating plasma. 

  1. Plasma is a clear yellow liquid that suspends blood cells and helps transport antibodies, nutrients and waste through the body. This cell-free component of blood is 92% water and contains proteins, electrolytes, lipids (fats) and carbohydrates.
  2. Source plasma is the starting material used to manufacture lifesaving therapies. It’s collected from healthy, voluntary donors and used solely for further manufacturing into final therapies.
  3. Plasmapheresis is an automated process that separates plasma from red blood cells and other cellular components of blood, which are then returned to the donor.
  4. Plasma donation is regulated in the United States by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and in Europe by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and national regulatory authorities.
  5. Plasma proteins needed for medical therapies include albumin, gamma globulin and anti-hemophilic factor (a protein that helps blood clot).
  6. Plasma therapies also treat patients getting medical care for trauma, shock, burns and other emergencies.
  7. For those who have rare and inherited chronic conditions, plasma-based medicines often replace important proteins the patient lacks.
  8. When a person donates plasma, it takes the body about 48 hours to replenish the volume donated.
  9. Plasma protein therapies are high-impact as they can increase life expectancy, improve quality of life and reduce life-threatening complications.
  10. Plasma donors do the amazing and help save lives. Across the world, thousands of people need therapies made from plasma to survive. Learn more about the Giving = Living awareness campaign in the U.S.