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Current Good Tissue Practices

November/December 2007


The decision to donate a loved one’s organs and tissues often is a complex balancing of the past wishes of the deceased, the survivor’s grief over their loss, and the desire to provide an anatomical gift for the benefit of others. Once the survivors make a decision to donate tissues, processors, distributors and doctors wishing to transplant the gift face an equally complex balancing between ensuring the tissues do not transmit disease or are not contaminated during processing, shipment, storage and distribution, on one hand, and the need to ensure that the donated tissues are available when and where needed by patients.


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