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Legislation Italy


  • A law concerning organ donation exists.
  • A distinction is made between the eye and the cornea: the eye is considered as an organ, the cornea as tissue.
  • Organ donation is an opting in system, permission is obtained from the next of kin.

Cornea banking:

  • Eye Banks need to be accredited/certified by the 'Centro Nazionale Trapianti' (National Transplants Centre) as the competent authority.
  • Inspection of eye banks occurs by inspectors nominated by the 'Centro Nazionale Trapianti'. The criteria are set out in the technical document ""Linee Guida per il prelievo, la processazione e la distribuzione di tessuti a scopo di trapianto" (Guidelines for the retrieval, processing and distribution of tissues for the purpose of transplant) produced by the Consulta tecnica permanente per i trapianti (Permanent Technical Council for Transplants) and the Centro Nazionale Trapianti.
  • A national Eye Bank organization exists: SIBO (Società Italiana Banche degli Occhi = Italian Society of Eye Banks).
  • A tissue banking organization does not exist.
  • Legal requirements for corneal storage solutions have not yet been defined.


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