American Association of Tissue Banks

The American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB, http://www.aatb.org/) is a nonprofit scientific organization founded in 1976 to provide high quality tissues to hospitals and surgeons for transplant into patients. Beginning in 1986, the AATB began offering an Inspection and Accreditation Program for qualifying tissue banks. The AATB also offers individuals within the tissue bank field an examination called the Certification of Tissue Bank Personnel. The examination tests a person's knowledge of such important topics as donor and tissue suitability, retrieval of tissues, tissue processing, techniques of decontamination, quality control, labeling, recordkeeping, product testing, and various clinical applications and procedures.

corneas, and tendons. The U.S. Navy Tissue Bank, established in 1949, provided the first bone and tissue processing and storage facility in the United States. It was essentially the first U.S. tissue bank. French immunologist Jean-Baptiste-Gabriel-Joachim Dausset (1916—) introduced matching of blood types between tissue donors and recipients (what is now generally called tissue matching for all types of tissues) in 1958.

Between the late 1970s and the early 1980s, tissue banks were first organized to meet the need to gather, store, and distribute tissues to hospitals. By 1986, many nonprofit bone banks were in operation in the United States. In 1993, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) began to regulate some aspects of U.S. tissue banks. Additional regulations were implemented in 1997, including the registration of all tissue processors. Further regulations came in during the first decade of the twenty-first century.

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