Transplantation of cells, tissues and organs of human origin has become an established worldwide practice and often the only treatment for a wide range of diseases and can offer recipients major improvements in their quality of life.
According to Estonian legislation there are regulations for handling and transplantation in conjunction with cells, tissues and organs.
Handling is the procedure where cells, tissues or organs are made available for transplantation. The required procedures are as follows: the procurement of cells, tissues and organs, including removal for transplantation purposes, coding, labelling, testing, preservation, processing, packaging, storage, release and distribution.
The State Agency of Medicines licenses establishments which handle (performing procurement, coding, labelling, testing, preserving, processing, packaging, storage, releasing or distributing) human cells, tissues or organs that will be used to treat patients.