• Accreditations and Licenses

    The highest level standard setting body for tissue banks in the nation is the American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB) established in 1977. To be accredited by the AATB the tissue bank must submit to comprehensive on-site inspections. These inspections are designed to assure that the bank is professionally managed, appropriately staffed and has put in place policies and procedures to provide consistent quality care.

    To date only a few gamete banks in the nation have been inspected by the AATB. Four California Cryobank Reproductive banks are accredited by the AATB. Some sperm banks who have not been inspected claim they "meet" or "exceed" AATB standards. The only way to confirm that a sperm bank meets AATB standards is through the inspection and accreditation process.

    When choosing a semen bank, the California Cryobank suggests selecting a semen bank that:

    1. Has been inspected and is currently accredited by the American Association of Tissue Banks.

      Founded in 1976, The American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB) is a professional, non-profit, scientific, and educational organization dedicated to maintaining high standards of excellence in the tissue banking industry. To be accredited by the AATB, the tissue bank must submit to comprehensive on-site inspections. These inspections are designed to assure that the bank is professionally managed, appropriately staffed, and maintains policies and procedures to provide consistent quality. While some unaccredited sperm banks claim they "meet" or "exceed" AATB standards, the only way to be accredited by the AATB is through the official inspection and accreditation process.

      To date, only a few gamete banks in the nation have been inspected by the AATB, including all California Cryobank laboratories:

       
    2. Has been inspected and is currently licensed by the states regulating tissue banks.
      Most states do not regulate semen banks. New York and California are among the states that do regulate tissue banks. In fact, New York's standards are the most stringent in the industry.

      Licensed by the California State Department of Health:

      Licensed by the New York State Department of Health

      Licensed by the Massachusetts State Department of Health

      Licensed by the Maryland State Department of Health

      Registered by the Oregon Department of Human Services

       
    3. Has been inspected and is currently certified by CLIA.
      The Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment of 1988 (CLIA) regulations enacted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services establish standards that apply to laboratory testing of human semen specimens, laboratory personnel, quality control, and quality assurance. California Cryobank has CLIA inspected and certified laboratories. The reference laboratories that perform our donor testing are also required to be CLIA certified.  
    4. Is registered and has been inspected by the FDA for compliance with regulatory requirements.
       
    5. Reference Laboratories
      CCB uses reference laboratories which are accredited by federal and other applicable state and local regulatory agencies. 
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