Dear AATB Members,
Spring is the perfect season to reenergize and begin new initiatives, and that's exactly what we’re doing here at the AATB home office.
We recently opened several opportunities for our members to engage with us, including submissions for all of our 2019 Annual Awards (Achievement Awards, Communication & Education Awards, and Abstract Awards), nominations for several seats on the AATB Board of Governors, and a contest to determine the new Certified Tissue Bank Specialist program logo. We are also currently preparing for the launch of the new CTBS Exam testing format, and our new electronic accreditation management system.
In addition to all these projects, I'm also looking forward to the chance to engage with many of you in person at our upcoming Quality & Donor Eligibility Workshop in St. Louis later this month.
CTBS Program Updates
As many of you know, this year we are excited to be transitioning the CTBS Examination to an electronic testing center format available at nearly 1,100 locations across the globe. The exam will be offered at these centers during a one-week testing period, September 9-14, 2019.
As part of this update, we will also be rebranding the CTBS program with a new logo! We are currently holding a contest to determine the image that will serve as the new official logo of the CTBS program which I will be unveiling in my opening remarks at the AATB Quality & Donor Eligibility Workshop on April 15th.
Also, if you or any of your employees are planning to take the CTBS Exam this fall, I highly recommend registering for the CTBS Prep Course. This year’s course has several new features, including practice tests and live Q&A sessions. The prep course registration is open now, and the CTBS Exam registration will open on May 6th.
AATB Secured Data Vault
The roll out for the AATB Secured Data Vault, our new electronic accreditation management system, will begin on May 1, 2019. We will be providing education on the new system through a free Navigating the Vault webinar, as well as a presentation at the Quality & Donor Eligibility Workshop titled AATB's New Accreditation Application System.
We appreciate the patience everyone has shown as we've worked to develop and launch this exciting new system. I’d also like to personally thank the following organizations who are currently pilot testing the system. Your participation and feedback are greatly appreciated.
- Life Alaska Donor Services
- Nevada Donor Services
- Regenerative Biologics
- UMTB Biomedical
- UMTB Donor Services Foundation
The 2019 AATB Annual Meeting will be here before you know it. We're excited that this year’s meeting will be held in Toronto, Canada, but we understand that there are a few small considerations to take into account when traveling internationally. To help make your trip as easy as possible, check out our website for some helpful travel tips.
Registration for the meeting will be opening later this spring. We look forward to seeing you in Toronto, September 24th-27th.
Frank S. Wilton
President & Chief Executive Officer