Human Tissue

Human Tissue

Hands-On Medical Training

How can human tissue advance your organization’s research or training efforts? Experts agree that hands-on medical training involving the use of human tissue specimens is far superior to knowledge gained by computer simulations, instruction books, or plastic models. Every doctor or surgeon who receives hands-on training from Science Care is able to take that knowledge directly back to their patients and community.

“The quality and condition of the tissue drew raves from all attendees.”

Science Care Accredited Tissue Banks Provide:

Safety – Security – Consistency – Reliability

  • A safe, well documented source of human tissue specimens for medical research and training, procured by trained laboratory staff
  • Customized tissue specimens to meet client needs
  • A complete medical and social history of the donor with each human tissue specimen
  • Specially packaged specimens with worldwide shipping
  • Emphasis on safety, security, consistency and reliability
  • Unique specialty methods of procurement, preparation and preservation available

Best Practices For Auditing a Tissue Bank

There are a number of risks involved with procuring, handling and distributing human tissue specimens. You can mitigate these risks by choosing a quality and reputable organization that you can trust. When vetting a tissue bank, consider these factors:

  • How long has the organization been in business?
  • Is the company accredited by the American Association of Tissue Banks (or similar international organization such as the HTA)?
  • If necessary, will the tissue bank provide custom procurements and preparations per your specifications?
  • What is the size and scale of the organization?
  • Will the tissue bank be able to meet your tissue needs when needed?
  • Does the tissue bank allow on-site audits?

What to look for when performing an audit of a tissue bank:

  • Can the organization demonstrate 100% traceability by tissue specimen?
  • How does the company handle international shipping?
  • Does the tissue company handle all the customs requirements for you?
  • Who are the logistics vendors and do they ship overnight or by 2 day service?
  • Does the tissue bank use a CLIA certified laboratory for tissue testing?
  • Is the shipment packaging designed to prevent leakage and damage during transit?
  • How does the company’s tissue donation process work?
  • Is the donor authorization form robust?

With a little due diligence, you can find a tissue provider that meets your needs and protects you and your organization. The key is to find a tissue provider that you can trust, that is responsive to your needs, and will work with you every step of the way.