The Netherlands has ended a lifetime ban on blood donations from gay men, but sexually active gay men remain banned.

Under the new policy, gay men may donate blood if they have not had sex with another man in the last 12 months. Previously, gay men were permanently banned from donating.

Minister of Health Edith Schippers announced the change in policy.

“I am a staunch supporter of emancipation and equality of people, and at the same time responsible for the safe blood supply in the Netherlands,” she said in a statement.

LGBT rights advocate Tanja Ineke called the change “very disappointing.”

“The policy is only of practical importance for bisexual men in long-term monogamous relationships with a woman,” Ineke said in an interview with broadcaster AT5.

“[T]he new policy will remain unnecessarily discriminatory,” she added. “This proposal provides too little, too late.”

In the United States, the FDA prohibits men who have sex with men from donating blood unless they have been celibate for one year.