It is the position of the AATB
that the minimum infectious disease criteria for selection of donors of corneal tissue should be the same as the criteria for accepting donors of all other tissues.
PR Rigney, American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB
), McLean; S Brubaker, AATB
and LifeNet, Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Brent Hazelrigg, President and CEO of ReproTech, has been elected to the AATB
Board of Governors, as well as Chair of the Reproductive Council.
said the specific things to look for in a clinical trial include: (1) Approval from the FDA or similar country-specific agencies; (2) Peer-reviewed publications demonstrating pre-clinical safety and efficacy in support of the clinical trial; (3) Review and approval by an independent Ethics Committee (or Institutional Review Board (IRB); (4 Disclosure of the investigator or person offering the treatment.
Although the AATB
maintains a liaison with the FDA, it is only on an information sharing level.
According to the Office of the Inspector General, approximately 44% of tissue banks identified were not accredited by AATB
or inspected by Florida or New York (the two states that require licensing and inspection of tissue banks) (2), and this probably represents an underestimate of the tissue banks that are unaccredited or unlicensed (10).
The three-year partnership, the association's first-ever supply agreement, is expected to save AATB
-accredited tissue banks a minimum of $6 million in medical and surgical supply costs by driving distribution efficiencies over the term of the agreement, AATB
said in a press release.
He has been a member of AATB
since 1993, and is an active member of the Reproductive Council and served the Association on the Board of Governors from 2002-2004 while representing the Reproductive Council as Chairperson.
Furthermore, the company is involved with trade organizations such as CSPA, PDA, ASM, AAMI, CTFA, AATB
, ASTM and NJPQCA.
Pachelbel Canon, for AATB
(or SATB) Saxophone Quartet.
All five companies affiliated with AATB
routinely discard valves with documented contamination from fungal or other pathogens specified on a compulsory discard list.