Network for Tissue Donation, Tissue Processing and Transplantation

Our network of tissue medicine works towards the promotion of tissue donation and transplantation in Germany. Since it was founded in 2007 with the Hanover Medical School (MHH), the University Hospital of Leipzig, and the University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus Dresden, the DGFG has been the largest network of tissue medicine in Germany.  In 2015 the University Hospital Rostock joined us as another shareholder.

Our network creates conditions for successful tissue donation and transplantation in Germany. Employees from donation hospitals, tissue banks and transplant physicians work closely together. The DGFG maintains four tissue banks: the heart valve bank of Kiel, the Eye Bank Rostock and the Tissue Bank of Hanover. The latter, with its GMP conditions, is one of the most modern facility of its kind in Germany. Together with the HELIOS Clinic of Schwerin, we operate the Cornea and Tissue Bank Schwerin. We are also working with several other tissue banks based on contracts. Our non-profit network is always open to other partners from tissue donation, tissue processing and transplantation.

Our Network in Numbers

    • 90 Donation hospitals
    • 14 Tissue banks
    • 100 Cornea transplant centers
    • 35 Transplant programs for heart valves and blood vessels
    • 40 Transplant facilities for amniotic membrane transplants

The DGFG has its headquarters in Hanover. Employees are currently in 26 locations acting as coordinators for tissue donation in Germany. Many sites are located directly at university hospitals or other hospitals. The coordinators organize the tissue donation there in consultation with local doctors in the region’s hospitals.

Tissue, as opposed to organs, is not necessarily immediately transferred. Specialized tissue banks process the donated tissue to get it ready for transplant – the so called tissue preparations. Tissue preparations are covered under the German Drug Law. For tissue banks, there are are strict government regulations.

A common database, which the DGFG runs, allocates the transplants nationwide for patients. Each transplant physician can sign his patients up with the DGFG for a transplant. Cooperation in the network is voluntary and individual. We cooperate with our partners during tissue donations, tissue processing in tissue banks, and in allocating tissues for transplantation. New partners are welcome to join us. We would be pleased if you contacted us.