World Union of Tissue Banking Associations (WUTBA)

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The WUTBA inaugural Associate Members are the following regional Tissue Banking Associations:

AATB (American Association of Tissue Banks)

ALABAT (Asociación Latinoamericana de Bancos de Tejidos)

APASTB (Asia Pacific Association of Surgical Tissue Banks)

BAA (Biotherapeutics Association of Australasia)

European Association of Tissue Banks (EATB)

WUBTA was founded in 2004 with the mission to stimulate global development and harmonize best practices in tissue donation, processing, banking, transplantation and related biotherapeutic activities.

Every three years a World Congress on Tissue Banking is held, organized by one of the WUTBA members.



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ICCBBA is an international non-governmental organization (NGO) in official relations with the World Health Organization (WHO) that manages, develops, and licenses ISBT 128; the international information standard for the terminology, coding and labeling of medical products of human origin.

The European Tissue Technical Advisory Group (ETTAG) of ICCBBA operates under the direction and guidance of the International Tissue Technical Advisory Group (ITTAG).

ETTAG assists member states to implement the Single European Code (SEC) alongside with ISBT 128 for tissue products and contributes towards the international standardization of tissue terminology and product naming.

Institutions are supported to introduce ISBT128 Standard in tissue banking in Europe. The group prepares educational material and tools to support the implementation of ISBT 128 and gives advice on the on-going development of the ISBT 128 standard to support new developments in tissue banking in Europe.



CD-P-TO The European Committee on Organ Transplantation

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EATB is an observer at CD-P-TO (European Committee on Organ Transplantation) meetings of the Council of Europe.



EDQM - European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines Guide

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Starting with the publication of the 1st edition of the “Guide to the quality and safety of tissues and cells for human application” in 2013, the content of the guide is revised every two years with the help of many leading European experts in the field, constituting a common European standard. EATB is also represented in these working groups.

The 3rd edition has been published Autumn 2017, and contains information and guidance for all professionals involved in procurement, testing, processing and storage of tissues and cells for human application.



SoHO consortium


The consortium “Common representation of Substances of Human Origin’s (SoHO) Associations” was formed in 2015 and is composed of the following scientific associations or societies:

  • European Association of Tissue Banks (EATB)
  • European Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (EBMT)
  • European Blood Alliance (EBA)
  • European Eye Bank Association (EEBA)

All four associations are committed to ensuring that substances of human origin (SoHO) activities in EU member states are governed by the same principles of:

  • Not-for-profit/non-financial gain;
  • Voluntary and altruistic donation;
  • Sufficiency
  • Sustainable pricing facilitating patient access to current and future therapies

The main goal of this consortium is to provide expert opinion and support data to European Union decision-makers and their respective organizations in the field of SoHO. In particular, the associations wish to actively contribute to all legal and regulatory discussions affecting the SoHO field as technical experts working in the field with direct access to the experience and opinions of our members, the majority of whom are working in tissue establishments, academic GMP-facilities and in some cases, collaborating with industrial partners in developing and delivering innovative new therapies.