Recovery Network

Explore our nationwide recovery network

Since 1980, NDRI has worked with a nationwide network of more than 130 tissue source sites (TSSs) and gracious donors and donor families to provide human organs and tissues to vetted and approved research projects across the world.

The sites in our network — including organ procurement organizations (OPOs), tissue banks, eye banks, hospital systems, and recovery specialists — are located across the country, with concentrations in major metropolitan areas. This wide geographic distribution allows us to provide biospecimens from donor populations with diverse demographics. It also supports timely and efficient provision of tissues directly to researchers.

The importance of tissue and organ donation for research is well understood. Today, more organ procurement organizations (OPOs) recognize that research is an important option for families presented with the decision to donate life.
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Researchers need both healthy and diseased tissues in order to continue to advance their investigations. Tissue banks are important partners in making these human biospecimens available for research.
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Researchers investigating a wide range of blinding eye diseases and disorders rely on donated human eyes and eye tissues for their research.
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Researchers working to understand and develop new therapies for a wide range of diseases, including cancer, diabetes, arthritis and heart disease, rely on donated tissues for their investigations.
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NDRI works with an expansive nationwide network of dedicated Tissue Source Sites. In addition, we develop relationships with private recovery specialists to recover tissues from our private donor program.
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Our recovery network can depend on NDRI for:

Integrity of research. Our feasibility committee, comprised of staff members from each NDRI functional area, vets and approves all research projects. In addition, our external review committee, comprised of leading physicians and researchers, reviews the scientific merit of each approved project for which we provide biospecimens.

Federal government oversight. We are the only independent organization providing anatomical gifts for research that receives major funding and oversight from federal agencies, including the National Institutes of Health.

Quick and easy retrieval. Our streamlined retrieval procedures and experience with federal regulations concerning privacy, informed consent and handling of biomaterials allow for efficient recovery of research tissue, and our staff is available to respond around the clock.

Timely feedback. We promptly report how organs and tissues are used for research, so you can share the information with donor families and meet CMS requirements.

Accreditation. We earned College of American Pathologists (CAP) Biorepository Accreditation in 2016. The U.S. government recognizes the CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program as being equal to or more stringent than the federal inspection program.

Our sites meet the highest standards

We have established procedures to evaluate and qualify our recovery network. Dedicated sites must verify that they comply with all applicable federal and state regulations and the standards of professional accreditation agencies, including:

Centers for Medical and Medicaid Services (CMS)
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB)
Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA)
Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO)
Joint Commision (JC)
International Air Transport Association (IATA)
International Standards Association (ISO9001)

To learn more about active research needs contact:
Tissue Source Site Management Team
Email recoveryinfo@ndriresource.org or call (800) 222-NDRI (6374)

Explore our nationwide recovery network

Since 1980, NDRI has worked with a nationwide network of more than 130 tissue source sites (TSSs) and gracious donors and donor families to provide human organs and tissues to vetted and approved research projects across the world.

The sites in our network — including organ procurement organizations (OPOs), tissue banks, eye banks, hospital systems, and recovery specialists — are located across the country, with concentrations in major metropolitan areas. This wide geographic distribution allows us to provide biospecimens from donor populations with diverse demographics. It also supports timely and efficient provision of tissues directly to researchers.

NDRI Recovery Network
Organ Procurement Organizations

The importance of tissue and organ donation for research is well understood. Today, more organ procurement organizations (OPOs) recognize that research is an important option for families presented with the decision to donate life.

More about OPOs

Tissue Banks

Researchers need both healthy and diseased tissues in order to continue to advance their investigations. Tissue banks are important partners in making these human biospecimens available for research.

More about Tissue Banks

Eye Banks

Researchers investigating a wide range of blinding eye diseases and disorders rely on donated human eyes and eye tissues for their research.

More about Eye Banks

Hospital Systems

Researchers working to understand and develop new therapies for a wide range of diseases, including cancer, diabetes, arthritis and heart disease, rely on donated tissues for their investigations.

More about Hospital Systems

Recovery Specialists
NDRI works with an expansive nationwide network of dedicated Tissue Source Sites. In addition, we develop relationships with private recovery specialists to recover tissues from our private donor program.

More about Recovery Specialists

Our recovery network can depend on NDRI for:

Integrity of research. Our feasibility committee, comprised of staff members from each NDRI functional area, vets and approves all research projects. In addition, our external review committee, comprised of leading physicians and researchers, reviews the scientific merit of each approved project for which we provide biospecimens.

Federal government oversight. We are the only independent organization providing anatomical gifts for research that receives major funding and oversight from federal agencies, including the National Institutes of Health.

Quick and easy retrieval. Our streamlined retrieval procedures and experience with federal regulations concerning privacy, informed consent and handling of biomaterials allow for efficient recovery of research tissue, and our staff is available to respond around the clock.

Timely feedback. We promptly report how organs and tissues are used for research, so you can share the information with donor families and meet CMS requirements.

Accreditation. We earned College of American Pathologists (CAP) Biorepository Accreditation in 2016. The U.S. government recognizes the CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program as being equal to or more stringent than the federal inspection program.

Our sites meet the highest standards

We have established procedures to evaluate and qualify our recovery network. Dedicated sites must verify that they comply with all applicable federal and state regulations and the standards of professional accreditation agencies, including:

Centers for Medical and Medicaid Services (CMS)
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB)
Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA)
Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO)
Joint Commision (JC)
International Air Transport Association (IATA)
International Standards Association (ISO9001)

To learn more about active research needs contact:
Tissue Source Site
Management Team
Email recoveryinfo@ndriresource.org or call (800) 222-NDRI (6374)