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The Joint Commission is an independent, not-for-profit organization, that accredits and certifies more than 20,000 health care organizations and programs in the U.S. Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards.
Joint Commission standards apply to hospitals that store or issue tissue. This includes any areas outside of the clinical laboratory that store or issue tissue; for example, surgery and outpatient centers or tissue banks. They apply to human and nonhuman cellular-based transplantable and implantable products whether classified by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a tissue or a medical device. Collagen and tissue products derived from plastics and polymers are not considered cellular-based products and are not evaluated under these standards.
Specific tissue transplant requirements apply to autologous tissue. This includes policies and procedures for identifying, tracking, storing, and handling autologous tissue, in addition to investigating tissue adverse events. Also, if the state in which an organization resides classifies something as tissue that falls outside the scope of Joint Commission definitions, the standards would apply.
The organization uses standardized procedures to acquire, receive, store, and issue tissues.
For more information on the Joint Commission visit www.JointCommission.org