FAQ: Science Care

Science Care is the first whole body donor program to be accredited by the American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB).
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How many donors on average do you get?

Each year, more than 25,000 people join the Science Care Registry stating their intent to donate their bodies to science.

How do I know Science Care is legitimate?

Science Care is the first donate-your-body-to-science program to be accredited by the American Association of Tissue Banks, which sets the ethical standards in non-transplant tissue banking. To earn this accreditation, Science Care went through an intensive screening process and continues to undergo regular audits. As the industry leader, Science Care continues to help establish standards within the industry. Recently, Science Care participated in movements to mandate licensing and accreditation for non-transplant tissue banks in Arizona, Colorado, and Florida.

What does accreditation mean?

For us, we value independent, scientifically-based, third-party accreditation by the American Association of Tissue Banks. Accreditation with the AATB follows an intensive nine-month process, and establishes that the level and consistency of medical, technical and administrative performance meets or exceeds the standards set by the AATB. This process of regular, external, and internal auditing of all Science Care processes and systems helps to shine a bright light on all of our operations to ensure we uphold the highest standards of dignity, quality, and safety.

Organizations accredited by the American Association of Tissue Banks are recognized as the leaders in their field (both transplant and non-transplant tissue banks) and as pivotal voices in the dialogue through which consensus-based, voluntary standards are developed and implemented.

What is a non-transplant tissue bank?

Non-Transplant Anatomical Donation Organizations, or NADOs, recover human tissue donations which are not intended for transplant into a living patient. Every donation to science has the ability to impact an immeasurable number of lives through advancements in surgical technology, as well as educating and training the medical professionals of tomorrow.

What is the Science Care HOPE® Program?

Anyone who is under hospice, palliative care, or has been diagnosed with a terminal illness qualifies to be screened for acceptance into our HOPE® Program.

The Science Care HOPE® Program is a no-cost pre-screening program that allows patients, families, and healthcare providers to know with certainty if a donor meets current research criteria before the time of passing.

Is Science Care a nonprofit?

Science Care holds a for-profit status, but it’s larger than that. It is important to understand the accreditation, regulation, and compliance surrounding the non-transplant tissue banking industry. Science Care is the first-donate-your-body-to-science program accredited by the American Association of Tissue Banks. As the industry leader, we are committed to providing the highest standards of service, reliability, and compliance as we continue to build the most robust no-cost donor program in the world, with six locations nationwide.

How does Science Care make money?

Science Care operates on a fee-based system in which we are reimbursed by clients for the services associated with the donation process. This allows us to offer our donation services to donors and families at no cost.