The North America Tissue Technical Advisory Group (NATTAG) was formed in 2006. Its members are from the US and Canada.

Its purpose is to:

  • Develop a consensus on the detailed implementation of ISBT 128 in North America and produce a North America consensus document for the use of ISBT 128 on tissues;
  • Provide a focus for standardization of tissue terminology and product naming;
  • Advise on the on-going development of the ISBT 128 standard to support new developments in tissue banking;
  • Prepare educational material and tools to support the implementation of ISBT 128 in North America; and
  • Promote the adoption of the ISBT 128 Standard in tissue banking in North America and globally.

Summary of Recent Activity

Members shared their experiences in implementing ISBT 128. It was found that there were software compatibility issues for some hospitals upon ISBT 128 implementation for tissues, however, the issues are currently being resolved. Training is required to fully implement ISBT 128 in labeling tissues and HCT/P medical devices.

Recently, the group has worked to add and restructure terminology, in addition to adding new Attribute groups to better define tissue and bone products.

The EU Product Compendium, look-up tool, and ICCBBA standards document regarding the SEC and ISBT 128 are completed. Tissues and cells in the EU are required to have an SEC, with some exceptions.

There will be a new International Tissue TAG to focus on global issues and work with NATTAG and ETTAG. Both of the regional groups will be maintained to focus on regional issues and report to the international tissue advisory group.

NATTAG Member List

Representatives and Technical Experts

  • Yeager, Jess – Chair
  • Anouna, Albert
  • Arata, Rhubella
  • Blair, Michael
  • Carbon, Esther
  • DeMatteo, Jennifer
  • Fowler, Robin
  • Friedman, Mark
  • Harunani, Mohamed
  • Holman, Becky
  • Holovati, Jelena
  • Hortsman, Ronda
  • Larton, Perrin
  • Lotherington, Ken
  • Poole, Mike
  • Poston, Leah
  • Ridder, Donna
  • Sharpe, Susan
  • Tracy, Linda
  • Tremblay, Jacynthe
  • Vasquez, Elkin
  • Wilson, Diane


  • Daniels, Barry
  • Karandish, Safa
  • McClure, Michelle
  • Wasmuth, Mark


  • Baird, Bill
  • Browne, Geoff
  • Burns, Karen
  • Cetinkaya, Sukru
  • Chahal, Amar P S
  • Dragoo, Jeff
  • Fleegle, Bill
  • Gerhard, Kevin
  • Germain, Marc
  • Gonzales, Donnell
  • Hardwick, Karen
  • Herzberg, Mark
  • Hohberger, Clive
  • Kania, Kevin
  • Kirkpatrick, Brian
  • Kling, John
  • Kriozere, Richard
  • Maney, Rochelle
  • Mann, Paul
  • Mateus, Osmar 
  • Miller, Creighton
  • Mohr, Jim
  • Nagel, Eric
  • Parsons, Christina
  • Pereda, Pedro
  • Sharif, Azita
  • Taubman, Ron
  • Thurston, David
  • Tretter, Candy
  • Turcotte, Stephane
  • Uhrynowska-Tyszkiewicz, Izabela
  • Vantu, Quynh
  • Wells, Marty
  • Wilton, Frank
  • Wofford, Jonathan


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