Welsh Blood Service Director Alan Prosser said: “We are thrilled to mark World Blood Donor Day by welcoming more people into our lifesaving team of blood and platelet donors.
“From today, more people can safely donate thanks to a new and fairer eligibility criteria.
“Whilst blood services are not responsible for setting the rules around donation, we are delighted that our work in collaboration with the FAIR steering group has led to the new regulations.
“I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate the First Minister on reaching his 50th donation milestone. I hope more people can follow in his footsteps and make a potentially lifesaving difference to patients in need.
“If you have never given blood before, please consider supporting us by donating at your local donation clinic.”