Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Reviewer Acknowledgement 2012-2013


Looking Back on the First 18 Months of Publication and Looking Forward to Opportunities to Come

Original Research

Tissue Processing for Ultra-Thin Descemet Stripping Automated Endothelial Keratoplasty

Comparison of Electrolyte Composition in Four Eye Bank Media During Corneal Preservation

Freezing of Surplus Donated Whole Eyes in the Central Eye Bank of Iran

Picture Challenge

Picture Challenge: What is This?

Picture Challenge: What is This?


Development of the Global Alliance of Eye Bank Associations

Implementation of Standardized Terminology and ISBT 128 Product Codes for Ocular Tissue

Research Review

Recent Advance in the Cryopreservation of Corneal Limbal Stem Cells

Implementation of Standardized Terminology and ISBT 128 Product Codes for Ocular Tissue


W. John Armitage, PhD, Paul Ashford, MSc, Barbara Crow, Patricia Dahl, Pat Distler, MS, Jennifer DeMatteo, MCM, CIC, Usha Gopinathan, PhD, Mark Mannis, MD, S. Louise Moffatt, BSc, Christina Parsons, Diego Ponzin, MD, Donald Tan, MD


eye bank terminology, labeling, ISBT 128, global harmonization


International eye bank societies have approved a joint statement encouraging the use of ISBT 128 to standardize terminology, coding, and labeling of ocular tissue products. This standard is already in use in blood banks, cellular therapy facilities, and tissue banks around the world. Such global standardization promotes patient safety through improved traceability and identification of ocular tissue products. Use of a standardized, machine-readable code, such as a linear bar code, a 2-D matrix bar code, or radio frequency identification (RFID), also permits improvements in efficiency, accuracy in data capture, and interoperability among facilities using the same coding system.

A standardized terminology for ocular tissue products has been developed, and its adoption can be the first step in implementing ISBT 128. Use of standardized terminology supports common understanding of products among eye banks and ophthalmic surgeons and permits better communication when ocular products are distributed internationally.

Full implementation of ISBT 128 is a multistep process that begins with an understanding of how information is encoded and presented on ISBT 128 product labels and follows a typical project management process.



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