About Non-transplant Anatomical Donation Organizations (NADOs)

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What is a Non-transplant Anatomical Donation Organization (NADO)?

A Non-transplant Anatomical Donation Organization (NADO) is a tissue bank or other organization that facilitates the donation of a whole body, organs and/or tissues authorized and used for education, training, and/or research.

How are Non-transplant Anatomical Donation Organizations (NADOs) accredited?

NADOs are regulated by applicable state law with regard to consent, acquisition, and final disposition. To become accredited with AATB, a NADO must demonstrate that its functions are compliant with all applicable AATB Standards for Non-Transplant Anatomical Donation and follow AATB's Accreditation Policies. In-house audits are performed to ensure compliance with AATB Standards.

NADO Standards and Guidance Documents

AATB first introduced the NADO Standards in 2011. Prior to 2011, applicant NADOs were accredited using applicable Sections of the Standards for Tissue Banking. In recognition of a need for separate Standards, AATB published the 1st edition of AATB Standards for Non-Transplant Anatomical Donation in 2011. Between 2011-2015, 7 NADOs were accredited under the 1st edition of Standards-NT. In 2017, the 2nd Edition of Standards for Non-Anatomical Donation was published. In 2018, a NADO-specific Donor Risk Assessment Interview (DRAI) and NADO physical assessment were released as guidance documents.

Cover of the NADO Standards

NADO Committee

The NADO Committee was established in 2016. Currently, all members are from AATB accredited establishments, however, participation from non-accredited establishments is also welcome.

For additional information about the NADO Committee, visit the Committee's page.