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Laboratory Field Services

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.   


LFS Staff Contact Information:

To contact the LFS Tissue Bank section please email

Clint Venable - Examiner -

Jan Otey – Examiner -


Applicable Laws and Regulations

California Health and Safety Code: Sections 1635-1648 and 125300-125320

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

Business and Professions Code: Section 2260

California Code of Regulations, Title 17, Sections 1235-1237


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)    

For questions not covered below, you may send us an email at

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Human tissue is defined by statute as any human cell, group of cells, tissue or organ including the cornea, sclera, or vitreous humor and other segments of, or the whole eye, bones, skin, arteries, sperm, blood, other fluids, and any other portion of a human body. In more general terms, human tissue can be separated into several different categories:

1.   reproductive tissue such as sperm, ova, and embryos
2.   bone marrow
3.   musculoskeletal
4.   cardiovascular
5.   eye
6.   skin
7.   human milk
8.   adipose
9.   stem cells
10. umbilical cord tissue
11. amniotic membrane

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