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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.
Scientist pipetting medium into 12-well plate, BBMRI-ERIC

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.

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.
July 18th, 2018

Dutch ELSI Servicedesk officially launched

On July 9, 2018, the Dutch ELSI (Ethical, Legal and Social Implications) Servicedesk was officially launched. This online Servicedesk (in Dutch) offers guidance a ... read more

July 17th, 2018

Reverse Science Cafe at EBW 2018 and BBMRI-ERIC, the Belgian and European biobank network, cordially invite you to the Reverse Science Café to switch roles. At the Reverse Science Café ... read more

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Register now for the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion workshop

The Equality, Diversity and Inclusion workshop will bring together representatives from different RIs to share and learn from real-world experiences in the conte ... read more

July 16th, 2018


 What is RESAVER? RESAVER is the first multi-country, multi-employer pension solution that aims to enhance the cross-border mobility of researchers. It enables e ... read more

July 13th, 2018

IBBL launches Findmyassay

IBBL recently announced the launch of, a new online tool that allows researchers to check the quality of their biological samples and improve the ... read more

July 6th, 2018

FAQ on the GDPR available in Polish

We are pleased to announce that the FAQ on the GDPR, one of our most popular downloads, are available in Polish now. Click here for our FAQ on the GDPR in Polish ... read more

June 23rd, 2018

Uniform QM software for GBA biobanks

In future, biobanks of the German Biobank Alliance (GBA) will use uniform software for quality management. The program features modules to manage documents and pr ... read more

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