The Ivano-Frankivsk regional morgue in western Ukraine was, until recently, authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to supply the raw material used to make specialized implants for U.S. hospital patients.
Prosecutors filed charges this month against the morgue’s deputy director, three coroners and a nurse. The state alleges that the employees deceived families into signing consent forms and that they did not get proper permission before tissue was obtained from corpses.
Prosecutors said the tissue was sent to Tutogen, a German subsidiary of Florida-based RTI Biologics, the world’s largest for-profit tissue processor.
Tutogen would not have been aware how the tissue was gathered because it was accompanied by all the proper paperwork, prosecutors said.