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First published in June 2017, Tissue Times is AATB’s e-newsletter, designed specifically for members to keep them up to date on the Association’s activities. Select articles from Tissue Times are featured on this page.

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Tissue Policy Group (TPG) Update

Published on: October 04, 2018

During the TPG in-person meeting in October, the focus will be determining the Congressional outreach agenda for the next two years. A key component of that agenda will likely be the advancement of policies related to how the Food and Drug Administration (FDA or Agency) responds after the 36-month enforcement discretion period ends.

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2018 QDEW Provides Education and Connection to Purpose

Published on: June 07, 2018

From April 30-May 2, nearly 300 tissue banking professionals gathered in Baltimore, MD to learn about and discuss issues and considerations surrounding quality and donor eligibility. The AATB Quality & Donor Eligibility Workshop is an annual meeting where a segment of the tissue banking community can come together to network and connect, while also learning and sharing new ideas and best practices. Attendees consist of a diverse mix of industry professionals, including both those new to tissue banking, and tissue banking veterans.

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NTRUS Results Reveal Trends in Tissue

Published on: April 05, 2018

We are excited to finally release the preliminary results of the National Tissue Recovery through Utilization Survey (NTRUS). AATB conducted this survey of U.S. tissue banks in partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in order to document all aspects of tissue banking—from donor screening and recovery, through processing and distribution—for 2012 and 2015. The results of this survey can now be compared to similar data collected in 2007 to identify changes and trends in tissue banking over the last decade. 

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The Ride of His Life

Published on: February 01, 2018

AATB sponsors tissue recipient, P.J. Williams, as a rider on the Donate Life Rose Parade® float
On January 1, 2018, the Donate Life Rose Parade® float coasted down Colorado Boulevard as part of the 129th Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California. The theme of this year's Rose Parade was Making a Difference, and no other float embodied that theme better than the Donate Life float, which won the 2018 Theme Award for the most outstanding presentation of the Rose Parade theme. 

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CTBS Anniversary Recognition

Published on: December 07, 2017

The AATB offers a certification program for tissue banking personnel who want to become Certified Tissue Bank Specialists. The CTBS Examination tests candidates’ knowledge in different areas of tissue banking, such as donor eligibility determination, tissue recovery, and quality control. To maintain their certification, individuals must complete regular continuing education sessions and remain up to date on the latest tissue banking practices and standards.

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Education Passport: A One-Stop Shop for Your CEUs

Published on: September 11, 2017

Education Passport: A One-Stop Shop for Your CEUs
The AATB’s Education Passport allows you to access and purchase educational materials through one login. It enables you to register for events, submit and track your certification, and easily communicate with your councils and committees.
What is the Education Passport?

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From a Family Tragedy Comes a Surprise Gift

Published on: June 08, 2017

The Persingers lost a son and brother in December 2007, but years later, his donated tissue found its way back to his family.

Shelley and Todd Persinger just wanted to honor their son’s wishes.

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