The National Tissue Bank

The National Tissue Bank at the University of Pretoria is devoted to providing quality allograft products through a dedication to excellence in education, recovery and processing, while caring for recipients, donors and their families. The NTB screens, tests, recovers, processes, sterilizes and distributes human bone and tissue allograft products that are: Safe for implantation; of consistent high quality and acquired with respect from the donors and their family.

We value and respect this most generous gift of tissue and strive to continue developing products that meet surgeons' needs for products that can help their patients regain a better quality of life.

The National Tissue Bank of the University of Pretoria, as a unit within the Faculty of Health Sciences, has been in existence since 1986 and has come a long way since its inception. Thanks to dedicated staff, we are establishing a Tissue Bank locally relevant, through innovation while still focusing on reinvesting returns in education and research in the medical field and is ISO 9001 & ISO 13485 certified.

We are currently experiencing a serious crisis as a result of the low number of viable tissue donors available. We are doing our utmost to meet the demand and reach as many people as possible in order to increase public awareness with regard to the donation of tissue

The National Tissue Bank manages the distribution and resumes responsibility for its own distribution of its allograft material in the market place.

Donors/products undergo:

  • Stringent selection criteria for donors
  • Screening to exclude high risk donors
  • Testing to exclude transmittable diseases
  • Quality processing methods to ensure outstanding products

NTB delivers:

    Bone to fill a void caused by trauma or cancer Tendons to restore function to injured limbs Give meaning to someone's loss and hope to the injured.

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The National Tissue Bank