Phoenix, Arizona, June 05, 2013- The American Medical Education and Research Association, a professional association whose goal is to elevate the field of Non-Transplant Tissue Banking and Bioskills Training Facilities, announced today that the application for Level 1 Accreditation is now available.
The release of the Level 1 Accreditation application will permit both Non-Transplant Tissue Banks and Bioskills Facilities to apply for accreditation following the AMERA Standards for Accreditation for Non-Transplant Tissue Banks and Bioskills Facilities. A second edition of these standards was recently released back in March of 2013 and is the first of its kind to be published for this industry that was inclusive of standards for the Bioskills training community.
AMERA has provided the creation and adherence to professional standards that demonstrate their commitment to higher standards and ethics to this field of science for Non-Transplant Tissue Banks and Bioskills Facilities that is often misunderstood. AMERA continues to increase efforts to promote and educate about Non-Transplant Tissue Banks and Bioskills Facilities, educate the public on whole body donation, provide standards, and advocates for such legislative issues that promotes responsible oversight in the interest of accountability and public safety.
In legislative measures, AMERA and its members have lobbied House Bills in Oregon and Florida. Successful measurements were made in Oregon’s House Bill 3345 which provided regulation of persons that engage in recovery or distribution of anatomical material from donors for research or education purposes other than transplant or therapy. Originally the house bill would require the oversight to be by the Oregon Mortuary Board. Due to the dire impact on the medical community and the non-transplant tissue banking industry, AMERA and its members were able to successfully get the house bill amended to have the Oregon Health Authority render oversight with established financial caps and to require accreditation following AMERA standards. The amended HB-3345 passed the House on April 25th, 2013.
In continuing to demonstrate the commitment to higher standards, AMERA is now accepting applications for their Level 1 Accreditation for both Non-Transplant Tissue Banks and Bioskills Facilities. Adherence to these standards that AMERA has provided as well as accreditation will demonstrate a commitment to higher standards and ethics to this field. Non-transplant tissue banks service many organizations such as hospitals, universities, medical device manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, emergency service personnel, and bioskills facilities. These are just a few; however, all of these organizations are absolutely dependent on the use of cadaveric tissue to further medical education and research. For this reason these types of organizations should seek to become accredited for their respective areas of use and handling of non-transplantable tissue to ensure the safety and proper use of cadaveric tissue. Accreditation by AMERA will highlight an organization as being one that is committed to professional and ethical standards within the industry.
More information on AMERA, the standards, and accreditation are available at www.ameraus.org.
The American Medical Education and Research Association