Non-profit organization for tissue medicine

The German Society for Tissue Transplantation (DGFG) was founded in 2007 as a non-profit organization. It is an independent company in the legal form of a non-profit GmbH. We organize tissue donation, operate and cooperate with tissue banks and mediate tissue for transplantation. The DGFG is the only tissue institution in Germany that coordinates and accompanies tissue donations almost throughout Germany.

Five hospitals are standing behind the DGFG (f.l.t.r. Prof. Dr. med. Wolfgang E. Fleig, Martin Börgel, Prof. Dr. med. Christian Schmidt, Prof. Dr. med. Helmut Höh, Gudrun Kappich, Wilfried E. B. Winzer, Andrea J. Aulkemeyer, Harald Jeguschke)

The DGFG is the legal successor of the non-profit Society for Tissue Transplantation (DSO-G), a subsidiary of the German Organ Transplantation Foundation (DSO). The registered office of the company was relocated from Neu-Isenburg to Hanover in 2005. After the Tissue Act came into effect in 2007, there was a complete geographical and legal separation of the DSO and the DGFG. On August 1, 2007, the three shareholders Hanover Medical School, Leipzig University Hospital and Carl Gustav Carus University Hospital Dresden took over DGFG as a non-profit company. In 2015 the University Medicine Rostock and in 2017 the Dietrich-Bonhoeffer-Klinikum Neubrandenburg were added as further partners.

As a non-profit organization, we see our tasks in…

  • supporting the donation of tissue nationwide around the clock.
  • providing professional support for tissue preparation in the tissue bank.
  • organizing the distribution of tissue transplants.
  • supporting research for better patient care.
  • educating people about tissue donation.

The DGFG has established a tissue network of numerous German clinics and tissue banks. In Germany, we support more than 120 transplantation programs with corneas, 35 clinics with heart valves and blood vessels as well as 40 facilities with amniotic preparations. Our coordinators are contact persons at many university clinics and other hospitals for all questions regarding tissue donation. In 2018, patients received almost 5,500 transplants from the DGFG network.

This makes us the largest network for tissue medicine in Germany. The DGFG has twenty years of experience in the organisation of tissue donation and the mediation of tissue transplants. As a non-profit company, we are pleased to welcome further hospitals, tissue banks and transplanting institutions who would like to cooperate with us. We want to continue to grow in all regions in order to improve patient care even further.

Since 2005, the registered office of the company has been in Hanover, the capital of Lower Saxony. Here – in the Medical Park, close to the Hannover Medical School – 20 employees work in administration and tissue allocation. Almost 50 coordinators for tissue donation are active in seven regions, from Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania to Bavaria, throughout Germany.

The DGFG only pursues non-profit purposes. As a non-profit organisation, we use all surpluses generated exclusively for the support of tissue medicine in accordance with our statutes. Our shareholders do not receive any distributions or other benefits from DGFG funds.