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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 20-3

Published on: January 31, 2020

Background information: Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses with some causing less-severe disease, such as the common cold, and others more severe disease described as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).
 

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Bulletin 20-2

Published on: January 31, 2020

The Board of Governors acted on recommendation from the Standards Committee and approved changes to the 14th Edition (2016) of AATB's Standards for Tissue Banking and the 2nd Edition of the AATB Standards for Non-Transplant Anatomical Donation (NTAD).
Unless specifically announced as “URGENT”, all changes have a fixed 6-month implementation period. This announcement requires your attention to review and potentially update your Standard Operating Procedures Manual (SOPM) and educate staff.

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Bulletin 20-1

Published on: January 24, 2020

On January 11 and again on January 15, 2020, medical device manufacturer Cardinal Health (NYSE:CAH) announced that it is voluntarily recalling 9.1 million surgical gowns and alerted its customers to potential quality issues affecting some of its Level 3 surgical gowns and PreSource procedural packs that contain these gowns.

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Bulletin 19-7

Published on: December 16, 2019

The Board of Governors acted on recommendation from the Standards Committee and approved a second six-month extension of the effective date of Section B1.500 Written Agreements/Contracts and B2.210 Qualifications as amended and announced originally on January 31, 2019, in AATB Bulletin #19-1 with a subsequent extension announced on July 9, 2019, in AATB Bulletin # 19-5.

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Bulletin 19-6

Published on: July 31, 2019

The Board of Governors acted on recommendation from the Standards Committee and approved changes to the 14th Edition (2016) of AATB's Standards for Tissue Banking and the 2nd Edition of the AATB Standards for Non-Transplant Anatomical Donation (NTAD).

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