Memberships, Collaborations and Partnerships

The Centre for Tissue Engineering is committed to supporting the entire transplant field
in South Africa and works closely with the following organisations:

South African Tissue Banking Association (SATiBA)
Organ Donor Foundation (ODF)
South African Transplant Society (SATS)
European Association of Tissue Banks (EATB)

Collaborations and Partnerships

In an effort to ensure that every person has an opportunity to become and organ and tissue donor, the CTE has formed several informal collaborations with various role players over the years which is based on mutual respect and trust. Facing many obstacles in this unique field of specialty, it is vital to take hands with like-minded organisations and work in unison for long term effectiveness.

Collaborations include various funerals homes, hospitals, forensic pathology, transplant centres, emergency services and other tissue and eye banks.

In 2016 a formal agreement was reached between all the tissue banks in South Africa and the Organ Donor Foundation. This collaboration aims to increase public awareness on tissue donation specifically and seeks to increase the number of tissue donors annually in our country. Partners to the collaboration include:

Bone SA

Bone SA is a Non Profit Company (NPC), whose main objective is to promote the interests of people who have been disabled by disease or injury, through the distribution of bone related allografts. Bone SA achieves this by bringing together donors and recipients in co-operation with the Centre for Tissue Engineering (CTE) at C.S.I.R.

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Eye Bank Foundation of SA

The Eye Bank Foundation of SA is the Western Cape Eye Bank, registered as a Non-Profit organisation whose primary function, as authorized by the South African Department of Health, is to procure and distribute human eye tissue (namely corneal and sclera tissue) to ophthalmic surgeons for transplantation purposes, in order to improve the sight of persons who are blind or partially blind due to corneal disease or injury.

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Gauteng Cornea and Eye Association

The Gauteng Cornea & Eye Bank is a Non Profit, Section 21 Company, registered with the South African Department of Health to procure, medically evaluate and distribute corneal and scleral tissue, which has been donated by caring individuals for use in transplantation. Donor tissue is requested and utilised by medical doctors and ophthalmologists registered by the HPCSA, within both the private and provincial hospital sectors. The Gauteng Eye Bank does not utilise donated tissue for research purposes.

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KZN Cornea and Eye Association

The KZN Cornea & Eye Association is a Non Profit, Section 21 Company whose objective it is to alleviate the ever-increasing need for corneal tissue in KwaZulu Natal, under the authority of the South African Department of Health. Corneal and sclera tissue which has been donated by caring individuals is medically evaluated and distributed by the eye bank. This precious tissue is used for corneal transplantation and scleral grafting in order to restore sight for those who suffer from corneal dystrophies or injuries.

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UFS-Tissue Lab

The Homograft Valve Bank in the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of the Free State strive to conduct research in various aspects of cardiac surgery and to provide surgeons with cryopreserved aortic and pulmonary heart valve homografts of optimal quality for transplantation. This is especially aimed at the correction of congenital heart defects in paediatric patients, but also for certain adult corrective surgeries. The bank is currently the sole supplier of cryopreserved homograft valves and conduits to cardiac units in South Africa.

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