Processing and storage

Once donated tissue has been retrieved, it is delivered as quickly as possible to various tissue banks, where it is processed. This chiefly involves tissue that is suitable for transplantation being dissected from the donated tissue and assessed for anatomical quality characteristics. The tissue that is in principle suitable is then preserved in such a way that the biological characteristics that are important for the functioning of the tissue after use in a patient are also preserved as effectively as possible. Quality controls and measurements are also carried out to determine whether the tissue complies with predetermined quality criteria and safety requirements.

After processing, tissue is packed and stored under conditions suitable to preserving the desired biological characteristics of the tissue. The storage conditions are maintained and continuously checked and recorded using specific equipment and areas.