American Medical Education and Research Association
History has recorded the anatomical study of the human body for education and research. This has been a critical component of medical innovation throughout the world. The use of human tissue for anatomical study has been responsible for the continuous education of new generations of medical professionals, i.e.; physicians, surgeons, nurses, physical therapists, and emergency services personnel. The use of human tissue for medical research has been the primary catalyst for medical innovation in many medical disciplines, i.e.; orthopedic device, medical device, drug delivery mechanisms, disease research and new surgical techniques.
Without human tissue for medical research and education the advancement of medical science would be severely limited, if not crippled. The use of human tissue to train medical personnel and help find cures for disease causing pathogens is an invaluable service to mankind. Though the benefits of medical education and research using human tissue are tremendous, the responsibility of proper stewardship of donors and protection of those handling the tissue are paramount. The use of non-transplantable tissue for medical research and education is often considered a poorly understood emerging field with little regulatory oversight.
The Revised Uniform Anatomical Gift Act (UAGA) is promulgated by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (NCCUSL) and sets forth recommendations for each State to adopt regarding the recovery and use of tissue for transplantation and research and education. Each State’s UAGA provides a base level of uniformity regarding the donation process but does vary from state to state on donation instruments and restrictions placed on who can donate and who can receive human tissue for transplant and medical research and education. Because there is limited federal oversight and no national accrediting body specific to address Standards dedicated solely to non-transplantable tissue AMERA Standards represent a significant advancement in the control and proper stewardship of non-transplantable tissue.
AMERA offers an Organization that recovers, stores, distributes, transport and/or uses non-transplantable tissue for medical research and education a pathway towards higher Standards of performance and compliance. AMERA Standards are designed to ensure that all donors and donations are treated with respect and dignity at all times, the safety of all that handle non-transplantable tissue and to ensure a strong supply of non-transplantable tissue for medical research and education for years to come. It is for these reasons that AMERA strongly encourages all organizations covered by these Standards to seek voluntary accreditation to set the highest Standards of excellence for the gift and stewardship of tissue for benefiting medical research and education.