In determining the feasibility of establishing a biorepository at your facility, there are several key factors to consider. But first, there are a few that must be in place before commencing. They are:

  • The commitment of your institutional
  • The trust of the community within which you work
  • Informed consents that allow specimens to be used for multiple research studies
  • Vision/commitment for the distribution and sharing of biospecimens and data with the wider scientific community

Whether you are planning to establish a biorepository for the short-term storage of biospecimens before sending them to a centralized repository located somewhere else, or are planning to store specimens long term on site, the basic infrastructure is the essentially same.  Some decisions (e.g., processing and storage requirements) will be driven by the scientific goals of the initial study but, if the biorepository is planned appropriately, it will be easier to expand your capacity to incorporate other types of specimens and/or processing and storage requirements down the road.

We attach here the facility checklist for biospecimen collection and storage, organized by topic, along with the relevant Best Practices from ISBER, for assessing the readiness your facility. The purpose of these checklists are to 1) identify any potential barriers to setting up long-term storage of biospecimens on site; and 2) enable you to take action, as needed.


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