The Advisory Committee on the Safety of Blood, Tissues and Organs (SaBTO) last published guidance on the microbiological safety of human organs, tissues and cells used in transplantation in 2011. This guidance helped provide for the use of donor organs, tissues and cells, safe from infection.
The guidelines were updated in 2017 to help ensure that the clinical use of human organs, tissues and cells in the UK continues to be conducted according to legislation and is consistent with current knowledge. This guidance has been written by a working group after extensive consultation, and approved by the committee.
Published with the updated guidance is a summary outlining the major changes to the guidelines.