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IMPORTANT NOTICE: AATB Standards are subject to revision at any time pursuant to the Association’s procedures. Such revisions may consist of the addition of a new Standard, the rescission of an existing Standard, and/or the partial amendment of a Standard. Notice of each such revision is given by AATB by posting on the Association’s website, and distributing via email, a “Bulletin” that announces those changes and their respective effective dates. Persons seeking to determine the current provisions of Standards should always review the Bulletins for any such announcement of revisions to Standards or may request a current and effective copy of the Standards by sending a request to the AATB mailbox: accreditation@aatb.org. Please contact AATB's headquarters office for any questions concerning Standards or revisions thereof.

Bulletin 18-6

Published on: May 29, 2018

The deadline for submission of comments for Draft Guidance Document No. 11: Creation, Retention, and Security of Images Used in Tissue Banking has been extended. Surveys conducted by the AATB revealed the increasing use of photography and digital images in tissue banking processes among accredited institutions.

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Bulletin 18-5

Published on: May 03, 2018

On May 2, 2018, the FDA posted an updated guidance outlining donor screening recommendations aimed at reducing the risk of transmission of Zika Virus by HCT/Ps.

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Bulletin 18-4​

Published on: April 09, 2018

On Wednesday, April 4, 2018, the AATB Board of Governors acted on a recommendation from the AATB Standards Committee and approved changes to the 14th Edition (2016) of AATB's Standards for Tissue Banking (Standards). This announcement requires your attention to review and potentially update your Standard Operating Procedures Manual (SOPM) and to educate staff.​
Standards Changes:

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Bulletin 18-3

Published on: February 27, 2018

Draft Guidance Document No. 11: Creation, Retention, and Security of Images Used in Tissue Banking, has been drafted and is now available for comments. Surveys conducted by AATB revealed an increasing use of photography and digital images in tissue banking processes among accredited institutions.

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Bulletin 18-2

Published on: February 08, 2018

The AATB Board of Governors has approved revisions to the Accreditation Policies (Policies). The revised Policies are made available today and become effective in ninety (90) calendar days, on May 09, 2018. Compliance by accredited tissue establishments is expected by this date.

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