NATTAG


Overview

The North America Tissue Technical Advisory Group (NATTAG) was formed in 2006. Its members are from the US and Canada. This regional TAG operates under the direction and guidance of the International Tissue Technical Advisory Group (ITTAG).

The purpose of NATTAG is to:

  • Develop a consensus on the detailed implementation of ISBT 128 in North America and maintain a North America consensus document for the use of ISBT 128 on tissues;
  • Contribute towards the international standardization of tissue terminology and product naming;
  • Provide advice and support to facilities introducing the ISBT 128 Standard in North America;
  • Advise on the on-going development of the ISBT 128 standard to support new developments in tissue banking in North America;
  • Prepare educational material and tools to support the implementation of ISBT 128 in North America; and
  • Promote the adoption of the ISBT 128 Standard in tissue banking in North America.

Summary of Recent Activity

The new version 1.1.0 of ST-003 includes updated label design and updates to reflect what is indicated in the ISBT 128 Standard Technical Specification.

The UDI Learning Community Group led by AHRMM is currently working on publishing a document to help clarify the use of UDI for HCT/P regulated as medical devices.

There are new updates to the use of the SEC. There was also discussion regarding the responsibilities of the importing Tissue Establishment.

Updates from tissue banks also lead to discussion within the group regarding likeliness of the US receiving international tissues, recipient consent to receive donor tissue, and how a facility labels their tissues.

A new ocular attribute value may be needed to indicate antifungal. Eye banks in Australia are moving towards ISBT 128 implementation. All EBAA banks have implemented ISBT 128 using 2D data matrix symbols.

NATTAG Member List

Representatives and Technical Experts

  • Yeager, Jess – Chair
  • Anouna, Albert
  • Arata, Rhubella
  • Blair, Michael
  • Carbon, Esther
  • DeMatteo, Jennifer
  • Fowler, Robin
  • Friedman, Mark
  • Harunani, Mohamed
  • Holman, Becky
  • Holovati, Jelena
  • Hortsman, Ronda
  • Larton, Perrin
  • Lotherington, Ken
  • Poole, Mike
  • Ridder, Donna
  • Sharpe, Susan
  • Tracy, Linda
  • Tremblay, Jacynthe
  • Vasquez, Elkin
  • Wilson, Diane

Liaisons

  • Daniels, Barry
  • Karandish, Safa
  • Seem, Debbie
  • Wasmuth, Mark

Observers

  • Baird, Bill
  • Browne, Geoff
  • Cetinkaya, Sukru
  • Chahal, Amar P S
  • Charbonneau, Manon
  • Dragoo, Jeff
  • Gerhard, Kevin
  • Germain, Marc
  • Gonzales, Donnell
  • Hardwick, Karen
  • Herzberg, Mark
  • Hohberger, Clive
  • Joyner, Sharon
  • Kania, Kevin
  • Kirkpatrick, Brian
  • Kling, John
  • Kriozere, Richard
  • Maney, Rochelle
  • Mann, Paul
  • Miller, Creighton
  • Mohr, Jim
  • Nagel, Eric
  • Parsons, Christina
  • Pereda, Pedro
  • Sharif, Azita
  • Simmons, Suzanne
  • Taubman, Ron
  • Thurston, David
  • Uhrynowska-Tyszkiewicz, Izabela
  • Vantu, Quynh
  • Wilton, Frank
  • Wofford, Jonathan

 

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