Regional Tissue Bank

The Regional Tissue Bank provides the option of tissue donation as an essential part of end of life care  to donors and their families by respecting their wishes. Our skilled professional staff displays the utmost respect for all parties involved.

The Regional Tissue Bank, part of Capital Health, is the largest comprehensive tissue centre in Canada. We support Tissue donation and transplantation including ophthalmology, cardiac, orthopedic, neuro and general surgery programs.

Tissue Donation Improves Lives

  • Corneas offer sight restoration
  • Sclera tissue utilized in reconstructive eye surgery
  • Bone utilized in orthopedic procedures, cancer patients
  • Soft tissue offers tensile strength
  • Tendons restore mobility and function to joints
  • Heart Valves can save a life
  • Skin, acting as a bandage can save a burn patient

The Regional Tissue Bank, first established in 1992 to support the donation of tissue and the provision of safe quality tissue grafts to regional physicians and patients now provides allografts to over 180 Canadian Centres, distributing more than 3000 allografts annually to Canadian patients.

Quality Services

The Regional Tissue Bank is dedicated to providing a Canadian based service to support health care teams and their patients. Our quality and customer service program works directly with end users to ensure our services meet and exceed their expectations.  As part of our customer and quality services we provide the following:

  • Allograft tissue in compliance with Health Canada’s (HC) Regulations for Safety of Human Cells, Tissues, and Organs for Transplantation Regulations along with Canadian Standards Association (CSA)
  • Accreditation with American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB) and Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA)
  • All tissue is procured and distributed in Canada
  • All tissue is screened per regulatory and accreditation requirements
  • All tissue is non-irradiated 
  • All tissue is frozen or cryopreserved 
  • All orders are shipped overnight for next day delivery.  
  • Recipient tracking
  • Customized grafts


Our primary focus is to preserve and enhance our quality assurance and control processes to maximize safety, minimize the risk of disease transmission and maximize the efficacy of our products. Our commitment to quality is demonstrated through our accreditations and compliance with the following:

  • Health Canada- Safety of Human Cells, Tissues and Organs for Transplantation Regulations  
  • Canadian Standards Association General Standards Z900.1 Cells, Tissues, and organs for transplantation: General requirements
  • Canadian Standards Association Tissue Standards Z900.2.2 Tissue for transplantation
  • Canadian Standards Association Ocular Standards Z900.2.4 Ocular tissues for transplantation
  • American Association of Tissue Banks 
  • Eye Bank Association of America 

We are committed to continuous quality improvement in collaboration with our customers, through our quality programs and in research and development.