Human Tissue Therapy
About Human Tissue Therapy
Human cells, tissues, and cellular and tissue- based products (HCT/Ps) are products containing or consisting of human cells or tissues that are intended for implantation, transplantation, infusion or transfer into a human recipient. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates an HCT/P solely through its authority in section 361 of the Public Health Service Act to prevent the transmission of communicable disease — i.e., as a “361 product” rather than as a drug, biologic or medical device — if it meets all the following criteria in 21 CFR 1271.10(a):
• The HCT/P is minimally manipulated.
• The product is intended for homologous use only (meaning that the HCT/P performs the same function(s) in the recipient as in the
• The HCT/P does not involve the combination of the cells or tissues with another article — except for water, crystalloids or a sterilizing, preserving or storage agent.
• The product does not have a systemic effect and is not dependent upon the metabolic activity of living cells for its primary function (which is satisfied if the product is acellular, meaning that it has no living cells).
HCT/Ps can be obtained from different sources (such as marrow, cord blood, peripheral blood, placental tissue) and have been used in a
variety of therapeutic applications.
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About tissue allograft
A tissue allograft is an acellular product and does not contain living, viable cells. Placental tissue derived human tissues are classified under FDA 21 CFR 1271 and PHSA Section 361 as a minimally manipulated allograft intended for homologous use.
The tissue allograft is stored at ambient temperature and is a ready-to-use solution that can be poured directly onto the site of treatment. This human tissue is sourced from tissue providers that are accredited by the American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB) and registered with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a processor of human tissue products.