The eye is considered as organ while the cornea is considered as tissue. Removal of the eye is only allowed in case of heart beating donors.
Organ donation is an opting in system; permission is given on a written document (donor card) or by will; the relatives are also asked for permission.
Eye banks need an accreditation of the Agence Française de Securité Sanitaire des Produits de Santé as the competent authority. The criteria are defined by the French Transplantation Society. Inspection is performed by the 'Agence Française de Securité Sanitaire des Produits de Santé'.
The French Transplantation Society, is the umbrella organization for eye and tissue banking. Each year the 'Annuaire des Centres Français de Conservation de Cornees' is published. Data from this Annuaire are incorporated in this Directory.