Cell and Tissue Banking

, Volume 10, Issue 3, pp 235–240

Informed consent to tissue donation: policies and practice

  • Andrew Siegel
  • Martha W. Anderson
  • Tracy C. Schmidt
  • Stuart J. Youngner

DOI: 10.1007/s10561-008-9115-y

Cite this article as:
Siegel, A., Anderson, M.W., Schmidt, T.C. et al. Cell Tissue Bank (2009) 10: 235. doi:10.1007/s10561-008-9115-y


Nearly 10 years ago, the tissue industry’s informed consent practices with donor families in the United States were criticized. In response, the industry, along with the Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services, suggested elements to be included in the informed consent process. This study examines which of these elements were present in the informed consent documents of 45 (78%) of the nation’s 58 Organ Procurement Organizations (OPOs). Some elements, such as involvement of for-profit companies, were present in almost all. Others, such as labeling tissue as a gift from donor families, never were. The authors conclude that the time is ripe for reexamination of the informed consent process with an eye to meaningful consent that promotes the benefits of tissue transplantation and at the same time protects the rights and interests of donor families; can be realistically implemented; and, maintains the trust of the American public.


Tissue transplantation Informed consent Tissue donation Consent 

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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrew Siegel
    • 1
  • Martha W. Anderson
    • 2
  • Tracy C. Schmidt
    • 3
  • Stuart J. Youngner
    • 4
  1. 1.Sackler School of MedicineTel Aviv UniversityTel AvivIsrael
  2. 2.Musculoskeletal Transplant FoundationEdison Corporate CenterEdisonUSA
  3. 3.Intermountain Donor ServicesSalt Lake CityUSA
  4. 4.Department of Bioethics, School of MedicineCase Western Reserve UniversityClevelandUSA