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About AATB's Accreditation Program

To help ensure that tissue banking activities are performed in a professional manner consistent with the AATB’s Standards, the Association initiated an Accreditation Program for tissue banks in 1986. AATB accreditation is based on the Standards and policies developed by the Association. Tissue banks receive accreditation for retrieval, processing, storage, and/or distribution of tissue. Once an application has been filed and accepted, banks undergo an independent review of their standard operating procedures (SOPs) and an on-site inspection of their facilities and operations. AATB inspectors examine tissue banks for compliance with all aspects of the Association's Standards and policies, including record-keeping, quality control, quality assurance, donor screening, testing and suitability determinations.  Institutional members receive reduced member rates for AATB meetings and workshops, and publications.

How does a tissue bank become accredited?

  • In order to be accredited by the AATB, a tissue bank must meet a rigorous set of criteria, to ensure compliance with the Standards.
  • A tissue bank must: perform a self-assessment; complete a detailed application and submit its standard operating procedures; welcome an accreditation inspection performed by an independent third party; be recommended for accreditation by committee; and be approved by a Board of Governors.
  • Accredited members must be re-inspected and be approved for re-accreditation every three years.
  • If a tissue bank is found not to be in compliance with AATB’s Standards, the tissue bank’s accreditation can be denied or withdrawn.

About AATB's Accreditation Policies

The American Association of Tissue Banks ("AATB", or "Association") Accreditation Policies are applicable to (1) tissue establishments that provide human tissue for transplantation or transfer, and (2) tissue establishments or other organizations that facilitate Non-Transplant Anatomical Donation (NTAD), whole body or parts of the body, donated for use in education and/or research.

Read more about AATB's Accreditation Policies.