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External and Technical Review Committees
External Review Committee
To ensure the integrity of donated human organs and tissues for research purposes, IIAM relies on the wealth of experience from 3 separate entities: an External Ad-Hoc Review Committee (ERC), a Technical Review Committee (TRC), and IIAM's parent company, the Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation (MTF).

The members of IIAM's ERC volunteer their time and knowledge to objectively assess new applicants interested in obtaining non-transplantable, human organs and tissues for research from a medical perspective. As industry experts, the ERC provides expertise in determining the medical merit, feasibility and ethics of the intended purpose of human organs and tissues for research. If you or someone you know may be interested in participating in IIAM's ERC,
please contact IIAM.

Technical Review Commitee
IIAM's TRC applies their technical experience to assist with procedures and selected questions related to the anatomy, procurement, preparation and packaging of IIAM organs and tissues for medical research, education and diagnostic study. The TRC members help develop organ recovery protocols for research through feedback as requested. Please contact IIAM if you or someone you know may be interested in becoming involved in IIAM's TRC.

As a wholly owned subsidiary of MTF, we are completely accountable to and grateful for the guidance provided by MTF's Board of Directors. All applications/Biomaterial Transfer Agreements are reviewed by MTF's Medical Director, IIAM's management staff, and MTF's Executive Vice President who has overall responsibility for IIAM.

When there is a question about the research purpose, IIAM also utilizes the MTF Ethics Committee to review research requests or protocols that deviate from the standard or more traditional medical studies. The Ethics Committee consists of an ethicist, donor family members, and several OPO and Tissue Bank Directors. Additionally, IIAM ensures donor protection by means of a Donor Family Council that reviews research studies, when applicable, from the standpoint of donor advocate.

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