Swiss Biobanking Platform just released two pre-analytical datasets (liquid & tissue) for consultation that Swiss biobanks are recommended to use.
The datasets were developed by a group including experts from all five university hospitals in Switzerland. They emphasise that documenting biological factors that are expected to have an influence on sample quality is absolutely essential.
Based on International Good Biobanking Practices, CEN specifications, the Standard PREanalytical code released by ISBER (SPREC), and Swiss practice, the datasets cover the different biobanking processes from sampling to retrieval and propose a common language to describe pre-analytical attributes of samples. They also include some health-related data required for initial searches of suitable samples. Finally, they cover fields related to quality in biobanking processes.
The datasets are expected to help improve sample quality, harmonisation and interoperability by allowing comparability between samples and selection of samples fitting the purposes.
Swiss Biobanking Platform offers you to review the datasets, so please take the opportunity to comment and give your feedback before the official publication.