Changes to Standards
July 16, 2013
The Board of Governors acted on recommendations from the Standards Committee and approved changes to the 13th edition (2012) of AATB's Standards for Tissue Banking (Standards). These updates finalize the deletion to references in Standards to use of a smooth muscle relaxant (SMR) in the perfusion solution for vascular (V) tissue and in the solution used to flush (V) tissue when packaging post recovery.
These updates align with a previous announcement via AATB Bulletin No. 13-7 issued on March 1, 2013 where AATB exercised enforcement discretion regarding references to "a smooth muscle relaxant (i.e., papaverine)" within relevant (V) standards. Additionally, in mid April, the AATB-accredited processors of (V) tissue, CryoLife and LifeNet Health, were sent letters that granted approval of their submissions of requests for variance to these (V) standards where the use of a smooth muscle relaxant appears.
If you have any questions, please contact Scott Brubaker at the AATB Office.