An obvious requirement of any success in tissue transplantations are tissue donations. The need for tissue transplants in Germany could be completely covered by national donation programs. Every year about 900,000 people die in Germany. It is estimated that about two thirds of these deaths are possible tissue donors. These numbers result in a completely different starting situation for tissue donations than for organ donations. Approximately 4,000 deceased people are considered for these donations. One of the prerequisites for organ donation is the final, irreversible failure of the overall function of the brain, the so-called brain death. Tissue donations, on the other hand, are also possible in people who have died of normal cardiovascular death. Also, age and cancer aren’t determining factors for tissue donation. A doctor must only have found reliable signs of death, such as dead spots or rigor mortis. Tissue donations are possible in every hospital in Germany.