Italian National Transplant Centre
Istituto Superiore di Sanità
Viale Regina Elena 299
00161 - Roma (I)
Phone: +39 06 4990 4040-1
Fax: +39 06 49 90 4101
The European Association of Tissue Banks (EATB) is a scientific, non-profit organization that promotes cooperation, research and developments in the area of tissue banking in Europe.
The association publishes standards to ensure that the conduct of tissue banking meets acceptable norms of technical and ethical performance for reasonable and responsible attitudes to procurement, processing, preservation and distribution of transplantable tissue. Specifics include screening for AIDS and hepatitis, maintenance of asepsis, labelling, storage, donor selection criteria, necessary testing and record keeping.
EATB also carries out programs of training, accreditation and certification of tissue bank personnel to ensure that banking activities are performed in a professional manner.
In its effort to keep tissue banking at the highest level of quality, EATB maintains close liaisons with official health related institutions in all states of Europe, engaging in an ongoing programme of information exchange.