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Changes to Standards

Bulletin 13-18

November 12, 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). A new tissue type has been added.

Due to technological advances, AATB-accredited tissue banks have developed protocols for producing and distributing certain cellular grafts that meet this definition. This tissue type can require considerations beyond those addressed by general standards, or those specifically established for other tissue types: autologous (A), cardiac (C), Living Donor (LD), musculoskeletal (MS), osteoarticluar (OA), reproductive (R), skin (S), Living Donor surgical bone for allogeneic use (SB), and vascular (V). These updates to Standards not only describe specific expectations for cellular tissue (CT), but also announce revisions to general and tissue-specific standards. Careful review of all updates is advised.

To develop appropriate (CT) standards, input was sought from experts at tissue banks handling these allografts and professionals were enlisted from outside AATB's membership. We congratulate and thank AATB's Cell Task Group for developing these new standards.

Considering AATB-accredited tissue banks cannot be inspected and accredited for only some of the tissue banking activities/services they perform, or for only some of the tissue types in Standards they handle, the (CT) standards fill a gap. Refer to the Accreditation Polices for Transplant Tissue Banks in section "II. Required Elements" at listing C. For accreditation inspection purposes, the changes announced in this bulletin must be implemented no later than 90 days from today (on or before Monday, February 10, 2014). Compliance will be expected on this date.​

Use of "should" and "shall" in the Standards is critical and must be considered when reviewing these new standards. Some recommendations include revisions that are general improvements to the wording in certain standards or their title. Although these are not specifically related to (CT), the Committee and the Board of Governors made these additional improvements.​

If you have any questions, please contact Scott Brubaker at the AATB Office.