When making the decision to donate your body to science, there are many organizations you can choose from. It is important to research each organization that you are considering to ensure that they operate legally and ethically and will treat both you and your loved ones with the utmost dignity and respect. One way to ensure that an organization is on the up-and-up is to choose one of the seven body donation organizations that are accredited through the AATB, the highest available accrediting organization in the US.
What is the AATB?
Since 1986, the AATB has offered accreditation to organ and tissue transplant programs within the United States. In 2014, they extended their accreditation offerings to include non-transplant tissue banks, also known as whole body donation programs. To date, they have 120 accredited tissue banks in their membership, but only seven of which are for non-transplant purposes.
For further information concerning the American Association of Tissue Banks, go to http://www.aatb.org.
If you are interested in learning more about whole body donation and the role that it plays in advancing medical science, you can visit us online at medcure.org. Or, you can call our 24/7 toll free number 866-560-2525 to speak with one of our knowledgeable Donation Coordinators.