Ensuring tissue banking activities are performed in a professional and safe manner

About the AATB 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 establishments in 1986. AATB accreditation is based on the Standards and policies developed by the Association. Accredited Institutional Members receive reduced member rates for AATB meetings and workshops, and publications.

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Accredited Establishments Are

  • Committed

    Accredited establishments are committed to ensuring a safe supply of donated human tissue for transplant, research, and education.

  • Compliant

    Accredited establishments have successfully completed a rigorous inspection process and have been deemed to be compliant with AATB’s Standards.

  • Trusted

    Accredited establishments have demonstrated their respect for donor families and their commitment to quality and safety by participation in the AATB Accreditation Program.

Over 120 tissue banks around the world are committed to the quality and safety of donated human tissue.

Accreditation Process for New Applicants

The accreditation process for tissue establishments includes: application, inspection, evaluation, review.

In order to apply for accreditation, the following qualifications must be met for new applicants:

  • Must comply with federal, state, and local regulations.
  • Must be fully operational and compliant to AATB Standards at least six (6) months prior to the date of the application. 
  • Must have at least (6) months of sufficient records for each type of activity performed.

Once the applicant meets the above qualifications, then the new applicant interest form can be completed online. AATB's Accreditation Department will use the information provided in the application to determine if an applicant is eligible and ready to apply for accreditation.

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Inspections are performed by a highly qualified team of independent contract assessors. Following the inspection, a report is reviewed by the Accreditation Committee, comprised of AATB members from the tissue banking community with expertise in evaluating quality systems and regulatory compliance. 

The committee makes the determination if a tissue establishment is qualified for accreditation based on the report, response, and any follow-up information provided by the establishment during the evaluation process.

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Accreditation Resources

Webinar: How to effectively apply for accreditation

In this free webinar, the AATB Accreditation Team will provide an in-depth discussion of the process for new and renewing banks to effectively apply for AATB accreditation.

Our goal is to provide a clear picture of how this process flows and the methodology used to process applications and how the accreditation committee provides a peer-review approach to determining if a bank has established effective quality systems.

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PDF: Policy for the Use of Trademarks, Service Marks, and Certification Marks

This policy is intended to ensure consistency, appropriate use, and the integrity of AATB’s logos and service marks. These guidelines apply to all use of the American Association of Tissue Banks logos and marks by any person.

Accreditation is intended to be applied to tissue bank functions that relate to quality, staff, donors, and tissue, but does not encompass the clinical use of tissue. AATB accreditation is NOT applicable to, nor an endorsement of, specific tissue products.

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