AATB Standards for Tissue Banking

Recognized as the Definitive Guide for Tissue Banking

AATB’s Standards for Tissue Banking are recognized in both the United States and around the world as the definitive guide for tissue banking.

Standards Rebuild Project

AATB is committed to improving the Standards for Tissue Banking. Explore our volunteer-driven initiative, the 'Standards Rebuild Project,' which aims to simplify and enhance our requirements. 

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14th Edition Standards

First published in 1984 and presently in its 14th edition, these Standards are the only private tissue banking standards published in the United States, and they are the most comprehensive and detailed tissue banking standards in the world.

As such, AATB’s Standards have served as the model for federal and state regulations as well as several international directives and standards. Currently, the statutes and/or regulations of several states reference AATB’s Standards, institutional accreditation, or individual certification.

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The Standards for Tissue Banking include expectations and guidance on:

  • General institutional requirements
  • Functional components
  • Records Management
  • Authorization and consent practices
  • Donor screening, testing, and eligibility
  • Parameters surrounding tissue recovery operations
  • Tissue processing, packaging, labeling, storage, and distribution
  • Establishment and maintenance of a quality program

 

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Latest Standards & Regulatory Bulletins

Bulletin 24-3

Standards Committee Determines That the Use of Dis-Spray Does Not Qualify as an Embalming Procedure

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Bulletin 24-2

Changes to Standards

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Bulletin 24-1

Publication of AATB Guidance Document Physical Examination Birth Mothers

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Non-Transplant Standards

AATB first introduced the Non-Transplant Standards in 2011. Prior to 2011, applicant NADOs were accredited using applicable Sections of the Standards for Tissue Banking. In recognition of the need for separate Standards, AATB published the 1st edition of AATB Standards for Non-Transplant Anatomical Donation in 2011. Between 2011-2015, seven NADOs were accredited under the 1st edition of Standards-NT. In 2017, the 2nd Edition of Standards for Non-Transplant Anatomical Donation was published. In 2018, a NADO-specific Donor Risk Assessment Interview (DRAI) and NADO Physical Assessment were released as guidance documents.

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Questions about the standards

IMPORTANT NOTICE: AATB Standards are subject to revision at any time pursuant to the Association’s procedures. Notice of each such revision is given by AATB via 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.