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BBMRI ‘Self-Assessment Survey’ supports biobanks

Further biobank collections receive CEN/TS quality mark by BBMRI-ERIC biobanks use the BBMRI ‘Self-Assessment Survey' tool to evaluate the CEN/TS compliance of the pre-examination processes of their collections. Now Biobank Graz and MedUniWien Biobank list in the Catalogue further sample collections that meet the requirements of the CEN Technical Specifications for pre-examination processes (CEN/TS). biobanks are in the process of evaluating their existing sample collections by using the ‘Self-Assessment Survey'. They are among the first five biobanks within BBMRI-ERIC, which publicly declare the quality of their sample collections in the online BBMRI-ERIC Directory and provide potential users upfront a request with this information.


The ‘Self-Assessment Survey' is an online tool that and BBMRI-ERIC QM Experts from various countries have jointly developed. It helps biobanks in one of the first steps of implementing the recently published CEN/TS for pre-analytical sample quality: Namely the evaluation if the sample collection, processing and storing processes meet the requirements of these international sample quality standards. It can be applied for both, existing and prospective collections.


New quality marked collections:


By MedUniWien Biobank (view collections >>)

  • Collection "Inflammatory bowel diseases" (CEN/TS 16835)

  • Collection "Squamous cell carcinoma of the oral cavity" (CEN/TS 16835)

  • Register "Coronary artery disease" (CEN/TS 16835 und CEN/TS 16835)

By Biobank Graz (view collections >>)

  • Collection "EPATH study"  (Urine, Plasma, Serum) (CEN/TS 16945:2016) 

  • Collection "BioPersMed Cohort"  (Urine, Plasma, Serum) (CEN/TS 16945:2016) 

  • Collection „Interfast study" (Urine, Plasma, Serum) (CEN/TS 16945:2016)




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