Tissue bank

About Us

The Tissue Bank is an HPRA authorised Tissue Establishment and Advanced Therapeutic Medicinal Product manufacturing site.  The Tissue Establishment license was obtained in January 2008 for Cardiovascular, Ocular and Directed Cord Blood donation.  The tissue bank now supplies a broad range of tissues for surgical and therapeutic use across Ireland including musculoskeletal tissue, serum eye-drops and allogeneic skin for treatment of burns.

In January 2016 the IBTS Tissue Bank was also granted a licence for manufacture of Limbal Stem Cells, an Advanced Therapeutic Medicinal Product (ATMP) for use under hospital exemption in treatment of limbal stem cell deficiency.  The Limbal Stem Cell service is the culmination of successful collaboration between researchers, scientists and clinicians in the National Institute for Cellular Biotechnology (NICB) in Dublin City University (DCU), the Tissue Bank at the Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS) and the Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital. 

The European Directive 2004/23/EC and its technical annexes ensure a high standard of quality and safety is maintained in all Tissue Bank activities. This applies to the donation, procurement, testing, processing, preservation, storage and distribution of all tissues, including stem cells.


Tissue at the IBTS

The following are types of tissue that are either processed at the IBTS tissue bank or are obtained from other tissue suppliers for use in Ireland. Please see the clinical services links for more information on each type of tissue available at the IBTS . The Related Links page provides web links for more information about tissue donation, accrediting bodies, affiliations and our international tissue suppliers.


Tissue Bank hours :

Monday - Friday: 9:00am - 5:00pm

Contact Us:

Tissue Bank, National Blood Centre, Irish Blood Transfusion Service James' Street, Dublin 8.

Tel: 00 353 1 4322985 / 087 223 2875

Out of Hours (5:00pm Friday to 9:00am Monday) the Tissue Bank Scientist on-call can be contacted on 087 223 2875.