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Tissue Bank

The California Department of Public Health LFS Tissue Bank Section Licenses and Surveys Several Types of Facilities:

  1. Cadaveric tissue: collection, processing and distribution facilities
  2. Cadaveric tissue: storage and patient distribution facilities
  3. Assisted Reproductive Technologies facilities including sperm banks
  4. Stem cell processing from sources other than cord blood and circulating blood
  5. Donor milk collection, processing, storage, and distribution
  6. Autologous tissue stored overnight or longer
  7. Any facility described above which is located in California or is located outside of California and wants to operate in California 

Contact information:

Clint Venable - Examiner (510) 620-3829; Clint.Venable@cdph.ca.gov 

Jan Otey – Examiner-(510) 620-3816; Jan.Otey@cdph.ca.gov

Alan Ankerstar - Examiner (213) 761-2689; Alan.Ankerstar@cdph.ca.gov

Ron Harkey – Section Chief, Blood & Tissue Bank (510) 620-3808; Ronald.Harkey@cdph.ca.gov

Applicable Laws and Regulations

California Health and Safety Code:  Sections 1635-1647 and 125300-125320

California Penal Code :  Section 367(f)(g)

Business and Professional Code: Section 2260

Information and Resources 

 Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)

Advisory Note - STD Statement (PDF)

Notice Regarding Storage of Allograft Tissue (PDF)

Tissue Bank Exemption Letter (PDF)

Tissue Bank Affirmation Letter (PDF)


New Tissue Bank Application

Tissue Bank New Application Check-off List (PDF)


    Tissue Bank Renewal Application

      Tissue Bank Renewal Check-off List (PDF)


      Last modified on: 4/14/2017 2:25 PM