A tissue bank is an organization that provides donor screening, recovery, processing, storage, and/or distribution of allograft tissue. Specialists trained in transplantation recover and process donated musculoskeletal tissues. These professionals are well trained and most have passed a rigorous examination that certifies them on the basis of their knowledge in all areas of tissue banking including decontamination techniques, quality assurance, quality control, product testing, labeling, and record keeping.
The Tissue Banks is the national standard-setting organization that provides this certification. Presently, not all tissue banks are accredited. However, tissue banks may choose to undergo this voluntary accreditation.