The HVB was officially established in 1989 as the Rotterdam Heart Valve Bank (HKB) following a donation by the Dutch Heart Foundation. In December 1998, the HKB became part of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery of Erasmus Medical Centre in Rotterdam. In December 2015, the HKB was relocated to the Euro Tissue Bank (ETB) in Beverwijk. The Heart Valve Bank is now part of ETB-BISLIFE, as are the Skin Bank, the Cornea Bank and the Bone Bank.