On Tuesday, December 2, 2014 the Blood Products Advisory Committee (BPAC) will meet in open session to hear scientific data related to reconsideration of the current blood donor deferral policy for men who have had sex with another man (MSM) even one time since 1977. The Committee will be presented with an update on the November 13, 2014, meeting of the Advisory Committee on Blood and Tissue Safety and Availability where the MSM blood donor deferral policy will be discussed. In the afternoon, an informational presentation will be made regarding the emergence of chikungunya virus infections in the Western Hemisphere and potential implications for blood transfusion safety. The Committee will also hear an informational presentation on the first survey of the Rapid Donor Surveillance (RapidDOS) project on Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV). Note: SAC Tracker will not cover the BPAC on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 because the committee will be seated as a device classification panel to discuss the appropriate device classification of blood establishment computer software (BECS) and accessories to BECS.

See the SAC Tracker Announcement