Vetting a Tissue Bank

Choosing a tissue bank

Vetting a Tissue Bank

Obtaining human specimens for medical education and research has become much easier in recent years due to the addition of more non-transplant tissue banks in the U.S. However, 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?
  • Will the tissue bank be able to meet your tissue demands?
  • Does the tissue bank allow on-site audits?
  • Can the tissue bank demonstrate 100% traceability by tissue specimen?
  • Does the vendor handle all customs requirements for your international shipments?
  • Are their donor authorization forms and processes robust?
  • Who does the tissue bank use for logistics to ensure safe delivery?

Other items you may want to consider within your own organization include:

  • What is your storage capacity (to drive down shipping costs)?
  • What criteria is required for your specific needs such as: age, weight, gender, previous surgeries…etc.
  • Is there a local disposition option to me if doing labs locally?

At Science Care, we’ll be happy to review these questions and more with you to ensure your organization is doing their due diligence when deciding which tissue bank to use.

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