Terminology Proposals


Proposed Standard Terminology for Reproductive Cells and Tissues

The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), American Association of Tissue Banks-Reproductive Council (AATB-RC), the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE), and ICCBBA:

  • taking into account World Health Assembly Resolution WHA63.22 which calls for the implementation of globally consistent coding systems for human cells, tissues, and organs;
  • recognizing the significant benefits of international standardization of nomenclature, coding and labeling in clinical practice;
  • recognizing the need for globally unique identification of grafts to support international traceability and biovigilance; and,
  • acknowledging the widespread use of the international information standard ISBT 128 in the fields of transfusion and transplantation; 

have established an International Technical Advisory Group to advise on matters associated with the coding and labeling of reproductive cells and tissues.

The Advisory Group has developed a proposed standard terminology for reproductive cells and tissues. This terminology has been developed in a structured manner that will allow for future expansion and is compatible with the ISBT 128 coding system.

A public consultation on the terminology is now underway. 

  • Click here to access the document and for instructions on submitting comments [Closing Date: September 15, 2017].

Following the public consultation the document will be updated and will then be considered for formal adoption by the participating organizations.