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Making New Treatments Possible

Whether someone is in basic or applied research doesn’t make that much of a difference to us – all we want is help researchers make new treatments possible. To that end, we try to make samples as easily accessible as possible while keeping ethical and legal requirements in mind. At the same time, we place great emphasis on quality management. Research can only produce reliable findings if samples are comparable and meet certain quality standards.
Biobanks and the people working there are the backbone of our organisation. Without them, there would be no biobank network. That is why we ensure that biobanks get all the support they need so they can do what they are best at – providing researchers with high-quality samples.

Support with ethical,
legal and societal issues

How does the EU General Data Protection Regulation affect health research? What else do I have to keep in mind when using human samples and data for my research? Have I addressed all relevant topics in the compulsory Ethics Self-Assessment section of my proposal? If you have any questions concerning legislation or any other ethical topics, we have a team of experts from all over Europe that offer guidance on ethical, legal, and societal issues (ELSI) that biobankers and researchers may encounter.
ELSI knowledge base, BBMRI-ERIC

The EU General Data Protection Regulation

Now that the new EU General Data Protection Regulation is about to enter into force, there are a lot of question marks around the use of data in health research. For this reason, BBMRI-ERIC has launched an initiative to draft a code of conduct for health research.
Sample Processing

Increasing the visibility of
biobanks and sample collections

If you manage a biobank, you can increase the accessibility and findability of your sample and data collections by joining our biobank catalogue, the BBMRI-ERIC Directory, and our Sample/Data Negotiator. You will always be in control of your samples and data – we just help you make them visible and accessible to researchers.
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Search samples and data online

We are operating the world’s largest biobank catalogue – the BBMRI-ERIC Directory. Anyone can use it to identify candidate biobanks to get access to samples and data sets. You can choose to browse biobanks by name or use different search criteria such as the type of material, diagnosis, country, etc. The Directory will tell you what collections there are, what their approximate size is, and how to contact the relevant biobanks. Once you have identified collections that match your criteria, you can proceed to our BBMRI-ERIC Negotiator to contact the matching biobanks with your access request.
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EU Projects

We welcome requests from individual researchers as well as research teams looking to partner up with BBMRI-ERIC and/or its National Nodes to participate in international projects.
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Webinar 21 Jun 2018

UK Biobank Scientific Conference 2018

The UK Biobank Scientific Conference is taking place at the QEII Conference Centre, London, on the 21st June.  This free event is open to health researchers, ind ... read more


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Webinar 20 Jun 2018

Webinar: The GDPR – Anonymisation / Pseudonymisation

Title: Webinar: The GDPR – Anonymisation/Pseudonymisation Speaker: Irene Schlünder Date: June 20, 2018 Time: 14:00 CEST The European General Data Protection R ... read more


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Hinxton / UK 29 Oct 2018 30 Oct

EMBL Workshop on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

EMBL-European Bioinformatics Institute will be hosting an interactive workshop on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion for Research Infrastructures 29th-30th Octo ... read more


June 5th, 2018

Apply now for the MBA in Research Infrastructure Management

Develop your skills for leading research infrastructures with a global impact. Apply now for EMMRI – the Executive Masters in Management of Research Infrastruct ... read more


May 28th, 2018

Biobank Sweden Appoints National IT and Operations Group

The Swedish Research Council-funded research infrastructure Biobank Sweden supports healthcare providers and universities with medical faculties working towards n ... read more


May 28th, 2018

GBN workshop on legal regulations on incidental findings

Should biomaterial donors be informed of a BRCA mutation, which could trigger breast cancer, if this is discovered as an incidental finding in a study, for exampl ... read more


May 28th, 2018

Biobanking Workshop and Symposium in Izmir

An international workshop titled “Biobanking for Rare Diseases” and a symposium titled “Bridging Biobanks in MENA Countries to Promote Research and ... read more



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