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International Summer School on Rare Disease Registries and FAIRification of Data

In order to ensure the correct progress of the planned tasks of EJP RD, ISS ensures that the international course “ International Summer School on Rare Disease more

December 16th, 2019

EBW19 Photo Gallery

Europe Biobank Week 2019 is the largest European conference on biobanking, with over 600 attendees gathering to discuss the latest challenges and opportunities of more

December 16th, 2019

We’ve got brains – do you?

Enormous brain biobank is member of the Polish Biobanking Network The Polish Biobanking Network (PBN) was created in 2017 by the Consortium and since the more

December 16th, 2019

The 3rd Conference of Polish Biobanks – So Much is Going On!

On 6-8th November in University of Lodz, the 3rd National Scientific and Training Conference of Polish Biobanks took place. The conference was organized by BBMRI. more

December 16th, 2019

CY-Biobank: Towards the Establishment of a Research and Innovation Center of Excellence for Biobanking and Biomedical Research at the University of Cyprus

The archiving of biological material for studying the human genome (DNA) of Cypriot volunteers (healthy and patients’ cohorts) is under way, with the aim of dia more

December 12th, 2019

BBMRI-ERIC is hiring a Systems Administrator

Apply by January 31, 2020 and join the BBMRI-ERIC headquarters in Graz, Austria as Systems Administrator. Download the vacancy note here or read on for more inf more

November 21st, 2019

Erik Steinfelder gives TEDx talk on innovation at TEDxMedUniGraz

On September 13, 2019, the Medical University of Graz organized its first TEDx event. Speakers included BBMRI-ERIC Director General Erik Steinfelder, as well as K more

November 13th, 2019

Call for tender for the common service IT

The main objective of this call for tender is to propose continuation of the Common Service IT (CS IT) that provides expertise, services, and tools relevant to th more

November 13th, 2019

BBMRI-ERIC is hiring a Director General

Apply before December 13 and join our headquarters in Graz, Austria. Duration at least three years, with the possibility to be reappointed.   Who we are T more

October 29th, 2019

Deadline Extended for BBMRI-ERIC ELSI Services Officer Position

Deadline extended to November 13th! BBMRI-ERIC is looking for an ELSI Services Officer based in Austria to support our ELSI team on ethical, legal and societal is more

October 16th, 2019

Vacancy Note: BBMRI-ERIC ELSI Services Officer

BBMRI-ERIC is looking for an ELSI Services Officer based in Austria to support our ELSI team on ethical, legal and societal issues in biobanking and biomolecular more

October 15th, 2019

EBW19 Keynote Interview with Olli Kallioniemi, Director of the Swedish SciLifeLab

10/10/2019 As keynote speaker of the Europe Biobank Week 2019, Olli Kallioniemi talked about research successes, which he was able to achieve by using multilayer more

Europe Biobank Week 2019 – Press Release

To find the right treatment for a patient, precision medicine uses data from genetic and molecular research. Biobanks collect, process and store human samples suc more

October 1st, 2019

EBW19: Meet Our Keynote Speaker!

Olli Kallioniemi, M.D., Ph.D., is Director of Science for Life Laboratory, a national infrastructure for life sciences in Sweden and Professor in Molecular Precis more

September 10th, 2019


The Swedish Research Council-funded research infrastructure Biobank Sweden, a National Node of BBMRI-ERIC, supports healthcare providers and universities with med more

September 10th, 2019


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

August 13th, 2019

Call for Participants in EBW19 Stakeholder Debate!

Should patients be involved in the governance of biobanks? This is the question that two teams of debaters will discuss at #EBW19 – Europe Biobank Week i more

August 9th, 2019

Updates to the Code of Conduct for Health Research

Our ELSI team has been busy working on the Code of Conduct for Health Research website. Stay up-to-date by reviewing the latest today. more

IVDR and Pre-Analytical Standards: Background and Review Published by SPIDIA4P Partners

June 27, 2019 The September issue of the journal New Biotechnology contains a review written by partners of the SPIDIA4P Consortium, of which BBMRI-ERIC is pro more

Launch of ConcePTION, an EU Project Setting Standards for Research on Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women

June 6, 2019 ConcePTION: ‘Building a pan-European ecosystem for generating, monitoring, and providing robust information on medication safety in pregnancy and b more

Joint letter using as example of quality management

17 June 2019 In a joint letter to the editor of the journal Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (CCLM), which publishes articles on novel teaching and trai more

June 4th, 2019

Describing samples and sample donors: The first version of a new MIABIS extension is ready

A long and fruitful group effort has led to the first version of a new MIABIS extension for describing biobank samples and sample donors. The working group includ more

Handbook for Biomarkers and Precision Medicine Published

May 29, 2019 Edited by Claudio Carini, Mark Fidock and Alain van Gool, Handbook for Biomarkers and Precision Medicine was recently published by Taylor & Fran more

May 29th, 2019

Call for Abstracts Extended to May 30 for Europe Biobank Week 2019 in Lübeck

Join us in beautiful Lübeck, Germany, from 8-11 October for Europe Biobank Week 2019!    Europe Biobank Week 2019 will be held on 8-11 October a more

May 16th, 2019

IT & Data Protection Manager Petr Holub Speaks at the Czech Senate

On May 14, 2019, BBMRI-ERIC’s IT & Data Protection Manager Petr Holub spoke at the Senate of the Czech Republic in Prague during the fourth annual Natio more

May 15th, 2019

Biobanking Art Exhibit Opens in Vienna

LATENT BONES: An Exhibition in two parts by Art & Science first year Master Students in collaboration with BBMRI-ERIC   The exhibition “latent bones” more

Video: Discussing Standards with SPIDIA4P at the European Parliament

Can new international and European standards increase patients’ safety by reducing the negative impact of external factors on in vitro diagnostic test results, more

New Publications from CORBEL

New publications in the CORBEL context In the context of the CORBEL work package on Cross-Infrastructure Medical Research, three articles were recently published more

April 26th, 2019

Quality Standards for Polish Biobanks: New guidelines for biobanking institutions already available in Poland!

Wroclaw Medical University, as a member of the consortium, is responsible for the task “Verification of SOPs that exist in Polish biobanking instit more

April 16th, 2019


ADOPT BBMRI-ERIC has just completed: our pilot project is a resounding success! Using 25 biobanks from 12 of our Member Countries, BBMRI-ERIC was able to create a more

April 9th, 2019

BBMRI-ERIC and SPIDIA4P Discuss Academia-Industry Partnerships at the European Parliament

Academia-Industry Research Partnership Showcases Role of Standards in Personalised Medicine to European Decision Makers The event organised by BBMRI-ERIC and SPID more

April 4th, 2019

Vacancy Note: Legal Officer

Job Title: Legal Officer Job Location: The central executive management office of BBMRI-ERIC in Graz, Austria Duration: 2 years with the possibility of extension more

April 4th, 2019

Biobank Sweden’s Scientific Advisory Board meet with the Steering Committee

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

December 11th, 2018

BBMRI-ERIC Work Programme & Vision Paper

With the year drawing to a close, we thought we would share our plans for the new year and our vision beyond 2019 with you. While the Work Programme 2019 describe more

December 8th, 2018

The Final Rule in the U.S. and Its Implications for Biobank Research

Since the Common Rule was developed in the 1990s, the landscape and volume of research activities have changed dramatically. This growth and expansion of human su more

December 5th, 2018

Europe Biobank Week 2019

Europe Biobank Week 2019 will take place in Lübeck, Germany, from October 8 until 11. More details on the speakers, the programme, etc. will follow soon. Subscri more

November 27th, 2018

Assembly of Members Approves Work Programme 2019

BBMRI-ERIC held its 12th Assembly of Members in Breukelen, the Netherlands, on November 13, 2018. The Assembly of Members is one of the governing bodies of BBMRI- more

November 26th, 2018

Data Management: A Critical Step in Genomics Research

Genetic profiles of patients suffering from cancer or a rare disease are routinely created and interpreted nowadays. It is not uncommon for patients to have their more

November 23rd, 2018 presents: the KIWI Cohort

This month, our Austrian Node,, presents an outstanding sample collection hosted by Biobank Graz. The KIWI* cohort consists of body fluids and data that more

November 23rd, 2018

GBN and GBA Receive Feedback from SEAB

“The SEAB congratulates GBN and GBA for their extraordinary achievements and the work completed over the past year,” said Dr Fay Betsou at the meeting of the more

November 22nd, 2018

Using Data in Medical Research: the Latvian Experience

On 16 November 2018, the Latvian National Node of BBMRI-ERIC, BBMRI.LV, organised a seminar titled “Use of data in medical research in Latvia: experience and fu more

November 22nd, 2018

Governing Research-Based Biobanks in Latvia

In November, the Institute for Clinical and Preventive Medicine at the University of Latvia received a grant from the Latvian Council of Science for a project tit more

November 21st, 2018

Join our Team in Graz

Our team continues to grow, which is why we are currently on the lookout for a Quality Management Officer as well as a Finance Officer. BBMRI-ERIC offers fringe b more

November 21st, 2018

Uppsala Health Summit Report

All over the world, the number of new cancer cases increases at a pace which will pose enormous strains on all healthcare systems if we continue to ignore the war more

November 20th, 2018

GBA and GBN Organise Stakeholder Workshop

Do biomaterial donors want to be informed of research findings achieved using their samples? What do patients think of possible online portals that allow them to more

November 20th, 2018

GBN Publishes Quality Management Manual

The German Biobank Node (GBN) has published its QM manual – the manual for quality management in biobanking. It is freely available as an “open access”  p more

November 16th, 2018 Raises Awareness for Sample Quality, our Austrian National Node, has been working tirelessly to raise awareness on the importance of quality standards and appropriate sample quality managem more

October 30th, 2018

Spotlight on:

Our news section takes us to Italy this month, where our Italian Node reports on its most recent activities. at Meet in Italy for Life Sciences in more

October 29th, 2018


MOLGENIS Research can help even non-bioinformaticians (!) enable FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable data) data management and is freely avail more

October 25th, 2018

European Biotech Week 2018: Playing biobank card games

Organising an initiative together with A.Li.Sa., the regional health authority, Ligurian biobanks returned to European Biotech Week this year. Taking place from more

October 25th, 2018

GBA presents pilot tool for sample search

The German Biobank Alliance (GBA) has come a decisive step closer to enabling scientists to search for biomaterial samples and associated data online across multi more

October 25th, 2018

Biobank Sweden Launches ELSI Helpdesk

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

October 23rd, 2018


The dataset ‘BBMRI-OMICS: molecular big data for discovering disease mechanisms and biomarkers’ has been nominated by the jury of the Dutch Data Prize. BBMRI- more

October 17th, 2018

ADOPT BBMRI-ERIC project extended

Following a request from the project consortium, the European Commission recently decided to extend the duration of the ADOPT BBMRI-ERIC project for an additional more

October 15th, 2018

Latvian Biobank Network Collections Pass Self-Assessment Survey

Several endocrinology research sample collections from the Latvian National Biobank Genome Database of Latvian Population recently passed the BBMRI-ERIC Self-Asse more

October 8th, 2018

GBN and GBA at Europe Biobank Week

Europe Biobank Week 2018 took place in Antwerp on 4–7 September. It was attended by 640 international participants. The German Biobank Node (GBN) had a presen more

October 5th, 2018

GBA biobanks carry out ring trial

Biobanks of the German Biobank Alliance (GBA) have conducted a ring trial to review their individual measurement procedures for tissue biobanking, improve their p more

October 4th, 2018

German Biobank Node shares satisfaction survey results

“Products, cooperation and networking within GBA – tell us about your experience!” – during an internal online survey, members of the German Biobank Allia more

October 3rd, 2018

New Self-Assessment Survey

We are delighted to announce that a new Self-Assessment Survey for biobanks is available now. The purpose of the BBMRI-ERIC Self-Assessment Surveys is to encourag more

September 25th, 2018

Laurent Dollé wins EBW Presidents’ Award for Drone4Care

Laurent Dollé, Business Developer at Drone4Care, won a Presidents’ Award for the best scientific idea pitch at Europe Biobank Week 2018. Reporting back fr more

September 24th, 2018

RItrain: from an EU project to an Executive Masters

Discover EMMRI and its Open Programme: The goal of RItrain, an EU-funded Horizon 2020 project, is to improve and professionalise training for research infrastruct more

September 24th, 2018

European Biotech Week

European Biotech Week celebrates biotechnology as an innovative and vibrant sector launched by the discovery of the DNA molecule back in 1953.  The event compris more

September 24th, 2018 at Europe Biobank Week 2018

With the support of, several Italian biobanks presented their work at Europe Biobank Week in Antwerp this year. In total, and Italian biobanks more

September 24th, 2018 reports back from Europe Biobank Week

All partner biobanks attended Europe Biobank Week 2018. Biobanks and the consortium partners presented their achievements and their work in dif more

September 21st, 2018

CORBEL Innovation Helpdesk

The CORBEL Innovation Helpdesk is available to assist the European Biological and Medical Research Infrastructures with collaboration with industry and technology more

September 21st, 2018

CORBEL 2nd Open Call

CORBEL  – Coordinated Research Infrastructures Building Enduring Life-science services – is a Horizon2020 project uniting 13 European Biological and Medical more

September 21st, 2018

Biothèque Wallonie Bruxelles launches new website

Biothèque Wallonie Bruxelles (BWB ) is an inter-university collaboration platform open to all biobanks in the Brussels and Wallonia region to support applied more

September 20th, 2018

Biobank Sweden holds round table talks

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

September 19th, 2018

MERIL database now open to national RIs

The MERIL-2 project continues to evolve in line with the needs of its users and stakeholders. As part of this evolution, the MERIL database now accepts nomination more

September 19th, 2018

BBMRI-ERIC, EATRIS and ECRIN release joint statement on Horizon Europe

BBMRI-ERIC, EATRIS and ECRIN released a joint statement on Horizon Europe last week. Speaking at ICRI 2018, the International Conference for Research Infrastruct more

September 18th, 2018

MERIL launches new Visualisation Tool

MERIL (Mapping of the European Research Infrastructure Landscape) has introduced an additional data visualisation tool that allows you to discover the MERIL data more

September 18th, 2018

Transferring biobank research data between the EU and African countries

Despite the fact that the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) provides ways to transfer data, it is difficult to find ways to share data between Eu more

August 30th, 2018

BBMRI-ERIC launches new webinar series

We are very pleased to announce that we are launching a new webinar series on quality management. Anyone who is interested in quality management issues in biobank more

August 25th, 2018

Join the RD-Connect Community

RD-Connect is an integrated platform connecting databases, registries, biobanks and clinical bioinformatics for rare disease research. It provides user-friendly t more

August 24th, 2018

PhenoMeNal team releases “Dalcotidine”

The PhenoMeNal release team is happy to announce its 2018.08 release “Dalcotidine”. The release focuses on stability, the introduction of new tools and work more

August 24th, 2018

BBMRI-ERIC 2017 Annual Report

BBMRI-ERIC has published its Annual Report for 2017, highlighting the key achievements last year. In addition to a detailed section on BBMRI-ERIC’s main act more

August 23rd, 2018


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

August 23rd, 2018

The PoC Osteo Cohort: collecting osteoporosis samples

Within the framework of the PoCOsteo Horizon 2020 project, partner Biobank Graz started collecting osteoporosis samples earlier this year. The project more

August 22nd, 2018


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

August 22nd, 2018 successfully organised course on CEN and ISO Standards

Organised by the Graz Institute of Pathology, SPIDIA4P, QIAGEN and, the course raised awareness about the existence and relevance of the CEN Technical Sp more

August 21st, 2018

Second on-site training session for technical assistants

The second on-site training session for technical staff from biobanks of the German Biobank Alliance (GBA) was held in Heidelberg on 16 June and 10 July. Due to more

August 7th, 2018

BBMRI-ERIC and launch Interoperability Forum

BBMRI-ERIC has built a reputation for building open source tooling that can support biobanks being integrated into a wider discovery framework. The UK Node of BBM more

August 6th, 2018


The organisers of Europe Biobank Week are pleased to announce that Dr. Maggie De Block, Belgian Federal Minister of Social Affairs and Health, and Dr. Philippe De more

July 30th, 2018

CORBEL 2nd Open Call for research projects

CORBEL – Coordinated Research Infrastructures Building Enduring Life-science services – is a Horizon2020 project uniting 13 European Biological and Medical Sc more

July 30th, 2018


The Polish Biobanking Network was initiated in 2017 and the team has been busy ever since. Identifying potential partners First and foremost, the Medical more

July 27th, 2018

Training programme for GBA auditors launched

During a three-day workshop held in Berlin in mid-June, prospective auditors from the German Biobank Alliance (GBA) familiarised themselves with the theoretical p more

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 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 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 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 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 more

June 23rd, 2018

Biobank alliance launches information campaign

Every day, hundreds of people donate biomaterials in German hospitals, thus helping to further medical progress. According to surveys conducted by the German Biob more

June 23rd, 2018

Zisis Kozlakidis New Head of IARC Lab Services and Biobank Group

Dr Zisis Kozlakidis, Past President of the International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories (ISBER), has been appointed Head of the Laboratory more

June 21st, 2018

“BioPersMed cohort” – 1st sample collection portrait

“BioPersMed cohort”: an outstanding interdisciplinary sample collection at Biobank Graz “BioPersMed” stands for “Biomarkers for Per more

June 20th, 2018 Success Story

Risk of burnout can be estimated by analysing saliva samples A major goal of biobanks is to support researchers with their work by collecting, handling and/or sto more

June 20th, 2018

Biobank Sweden’s National Sample Service Coordinators in Place

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

May 24th, 2018

Two National Biobank Strategy Coordinators for Biobank Sweden

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

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28 May 2018

05a BBMRI.QM webinar

“The CEN technical standard for the pre-analytical phase of frozen tissue samples for DNA isolation” Agenda: Welcome at 11.30 a.m. CEST Presentation of t more

May 23rd, 2018

BBMRI Poland holds national conference

Co-organised by the Independent Medical Sociology Unit, the Department of Ethics and Human Philosophy and the consortium, a national conference titled Th more

May 23rd, 2018

Share your biobanking brochures with BWB

By Biothèque Wallonie Bruxelles Biobanks help researchers gain access to human samples. By studying these samples, researchers hope to find new ways to detect, more

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21 Jun 2018

06 BBMRI.QM webinar

“Assays for Qualification and Quality Stratification of Clinical Biospecimens Used in Research: A Technical Report from the ISBER Biospecimen Science Workin more

April 23rd, 2018

Austrian biobanks declare sample quality

Med Uni Wien Biobank and Biobank Graz, both part of, have recently evaluated additional sample collections using the BBMRI-ERIC Self-Assessment Survey fo more

April 19th, 2018

GDPR: Final Guidelines on Consent and Transparency

The Article 29 Data Protection Working Party (WP 29) published the final Guidelines on Consent under Regulation 2016/679 (wp259) on Friday last week and the one more

April 18th, 2018

Data in Question survey receives 400 responses

What social, ethical and legal challenges do researchers and stakeholders in the field of biobanking face that impact practices related to the handling and sharin more

April 17th, 2018

EMBL webinar series on Lifelong Learning

The recordings from the first four webinars from the EMBL webinar series on Lifelong Learning in the Biomedical Sciences are available to view: Education, Traini more

April 16th, 2018

Meet Vitomir, our new Systems Administrator

The BBMRI-ERIC team is pleased to welcome Vitomir Horvat as our new Systems Administrator, joining us at our office in Graz, Austria. Vitomir graduated with a deg more

April 13th, 2018

SPIDIA4P consortium meets in Luxembourg

On April 10th and 11th 2018, IBBL (Integrated Biobank of Luxembourg) hosted the SPIDIA4P consortium meeting at its new premises in Dudelange, Luxembourg.   S more

April 4th, 2018

Ethical review of biobank-based research in Italy, our Italian National Node, recently co-developed two key ELSI matrices for good practice in biobanking research. At the same time, an agreement with the more

April 3rd, 2018

CliniMARK COST Action meeting in Cascais, Portugal

The Human Genetics Department of the National Health Institute Doutor Ricardo Jorge organised a conference on good biomarker practice in Cascais, Portugal, from more

March 26th, 2018

BBMRI-ERIC and ISBER sign Memorandum of Understanding

In March 2018, ISBER and BBMRI-ERIC signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) strengthening the collaboration between the two organisations. The idea to consolid more

March 22nd, 2018

Pre-application for EMMRI is open

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

March 21st, 2018

Biobanking and Pathology Workshop for Children

Who knows what a biobank is and does? What about a pathology institute? These were some of the questions addressed at a workshop organised by and the Ins more

March 20th, 2018

Newly Appointed Scientific Advisory Board for Biobank Sweden

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

March 15th, 2018

RItrain webinar series

Learn from experienced leaders in research infrastructures through our series of webinars.  RItrain is developing a series of webinars featuring leading personn more

March 12th, 2018 presents draft code of conduct for Polish biobanks, our Polish National Node, is currently working with the Polish Inspector General for the Protection of Personal Data (PIGPPD) to prepare a code of condu more

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05 Apr 2018

05 BBMRI.QM webinar

“Intraindividual Temporal miRNA Variability in Serum, Plasma, and White Blood Cell Subpopulations” Agenda:  Welcome Presentation “Intraindivid more

March 6th, 2018

Bio-informatics workshop

The Malta Biobank ( / EuroMED) team organised a 4-day bio-informatics workshop from 15th to 18th January, hosting Heimo Müller from BBMRI-ERIC’s Commo more

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27 Mar 2018

BBMRI.QM webinar

EDIReX Project: “EurOPDX Distributed Infrastructure for Research on patient-derived cancer Xenografts“   Agenda: Presentation of the EDIReX Project: more

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22 Mar 2018

04 BBMRI.QM webinar

“In vitro diagnostic medical devices – Clinical performance studies using specimens from human subjects – Good study practice”   Agenda: 1. more

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20 Mar 2018

03 BBMRI.QM webinar

“, The Cardiff Biobank and QMS” Agenda: Welcome Presentation “, The Cardiff Biobank and QMS”, Christopher Thomas, Quality Manag more

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06 Feb 2018

02 BBMRI.QM webinar

“Norway, Biobanking of fresh frozen tissue from total prostatectomies” Agenda: Welcome Presentation “Norway, Biobanking of fresh frozen tissue from total p more

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22 Jan 2018

Web conference: 01 WG6 Audit Programme meeting

Agenda: Welcome Presentation “ Audit Programme” Helmuth Haslacher, Dr., Head of Biobank VIENNA and Quality Coordinator of (Medical Universit more

February 26th, 2018


As previously reported, Sweden’s new national biobanking infrastructure, Biobank Sweden, got underway in January. A Swedish Research Council-funded research inf more

February 26th, 2018

CORBEL News Issue No. 6

Find out all the latest news on CORBEL, an H2020 cluster project uniting 13 European biological and medical research infrastructures. The current CORBEL newslett more

February 22nd, 2018

GBN launches revamped newsletter

German Biobank Node has just sent out its first newsletter this year, featuring a completely revamped design. This issue is only available in German at the moment more

February 21st, 2018

SBP launches consultation on biobank governance documents

In its mission to help biobanks comply with applicable standards, SBP will soon provide them with templates to support them in their efforts to build strong gove more

February 14th, 2018

Meet Viridiana, our new secretary

The BBMRI-ERIC team is excited to welcome Viridiana Beltrán Venegas as our new Secretary, joining us at our office in Graz, Austria. Originally from Saltillo, Me more

February 6th, 2018

ID-EPTRI project kick-off

ID-EPTRI, a new project that aims at establishing a research infrastructure for the development of improved paediatric medicines, kicked off in Rome on the 15th a more

February 6th, 2018

EDPS Ethics Advisory Group 2018 report

The European Data Protection Supervisor Ethics Advisory Group has published a report on the GDPR, identifying and describing “the most crucial issues for th more

February 2nd, 2018

ISBER Best Practices 4th Edition

The ISBER Best Practices: Recommendations for Repositories Fourth Edition presents the most effective practices for the management of biological and environmental more

February 1st, 2018

News from our British Node

Read the latest news in biobanking from the Tissue Directory and Coordination Centre, the UK and beyond. Read more… more

January 29th, 2018 sends out its first newsletter

The first newsletter is now available. Click here to find out what our Belgian Node has been up to recently. more

January 29th, 2018

Biobank Sweden launches successfully

January 2018 saw the start-up of Sweden’s new national biobanking infrastructure, Biobank Sweden. Healthcare providers and universities with medical faculties a more

January 26th, 2018

SPIDIA4P newsletter out now

The first SPIDIA4P (Standardisation of generic Pre-analytical Procedures for In vitro DIAgnostics for Personalised Medicine) newsletter of this year has just beco more

January 26th, 2018

Call for Examples ‘How Biobanking Makes a Difference in Society’

How does biobanking help to improve individual health(care)? What is the added value of biobanking? What has been achieved and made possible as a result of bioba more

January 25th, 2018

ISO Working Group meets in Berlin

Our Quality Manager, Andrea Wutte, was at the 10th meeting of the ISO Technical Committee 276 Working Group, “Biobanks and Bioresources”, which took place in more

January 24th, 2018

BBMRI-ERIC replies to public consultation

BBMRI-ERIC has recently submitted its comments on the Article 29 Working Party Guidelines on Consent under Regulation 2016/679 (wp259) and Transparency under Regu more

January 23rd, 2018

Image/video competition

Euro-BioImaging (EuBI), a European research infrastructure for biological and medical imaging technologies, has launched an image/video competition. There are thr more

January 23rd, 2018

New calls for RItrain Staff Exchanges

Applications for a new RItrain Staff Exchange hosted by EATRIS are now open. There are currently four different Staff Exchange opportunities:   Governance, more

January 16th, 2018

Second QM cross audit

MedUni Wien Biobank successfully completed a quality management audit by peers from Graz, VetMedUni Vienna and BBMRI-ERIC based on the international QM standard more

January 15th, 2018

RItrain Staff Exchange

The purpose of RItrain Knowledge / Staff Exchanges is for managerial staff from European research infrastructures to learn from managerial and leadership best pra more

January 11th, 2018

EMBL webinar series

Hear from leading speakers about the latest thinking on successful professional development in a new free webinar series. The subject of the first webinar on Febr more

January 3rd, 2018

Open-source software for biobankers

Between 28 and 30 November 2017, BBMRI-ERIC, and B3Africa co-organised a training workshop on open-source biobanking software in Lyon, France. Attracting more

December 21st, 2017

New EMA information for drug development within H2020

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has updated the set of information it provides to drug developers working within the context of clinical trials funded via Hor more

December 21st, 2017

Vodafone Malta Foundation donates €100,000 to RIDT

The Vodafone Malta Foundation and the University of Malta have signed an agreement to facilitate cutting-edge research that explores the causes and treatments for more

December 21st, 2017

Survey on ELSI challenges in biobank-based research

The Data in Question survey consists of 25 questions on some of the challenges of obtaining and sharing biological samples and data for research purposes in bioba more

December 21st, 2017

German Biobank Symposium

The 6th National Biobank Symposium was held in Berlin from 6 to 7 December 2017, bringing together 260 biobank experts to discuss the latest developments in biob more

December 21st, 2017

Public Consultation on WP29 Guidelines on Consent (GDPR)

The Article 29 Working Party has adopted a document titled “Guidelines on Consent under Regulation 2016/679” to clarify the requirements of the EU GDP more

December 21st, 2017

Code of Conduct for Health Research

The Drafting Group met for the second time face to face on 22-23 November 2017 in Paris. The aim of the meeting was to first and foremost to share findings and f more

December 21st, 2017

FinnGen: unique global research project launches in Finland

A unique study combining genome information with digital healthcare data has been launched in Finland. The FinnGen study plans to analyse up to 500 000 unique blo more

December 20th, 2017

EMBRC Biobank project launch

The kick-off meeting for the European Marine Biological Resource Centre Biobank (EBB) project took place in Vigo on the 21st and 22nd of November 2017. The main o more

December 20th, 2017

ID-EPTRI: New project set to launch in January 2018

ID-EPTRI (European Paediatric Translational Research Infrastructure), a project coordinated by CVBF and submitted within the INFRADEV-2016-2017 single-stage call more

December 13th, 2017

Applications open for RItrain Staff Exchanges

The purpose of RItrain Knowledge / Staff Exchanges is for managerial staff from European research infrastructures to learn from managerial and leadership best pra more

December 12th, 2017

Swiss Biobanking Platform releases pre-analytical datasets for consultation

Swiss Biobanking Platform just released two pre-analytical datasets (liquid & tissue) for consultation that Swiss biobanks are recommended to use. The dataset more

December 5th, 2017

Meet Anna-Liisa, our new secretary

The BBMRI-ERIC team is delighted to welcome Anna-Liisa Kuslap as our new Secretary, joining us at the BBMRI-ERIC Central Executive Management Office in Graz, Aust more

November 30th, 2017 October – November newsletter

The UKCRC Tissue Directory and Coordination Centre October – November newsletter is now available. It includes reports on the UK Biobanking Showcase and a nice more

November 30th, 2017

GDPR Code of Conduct for Health Research and Implications for FP9

BBRMI-ERIC has been working tirelessly to understand the future of health research in the changing panorama of data governance and EU funding. As part of this eff more

November 30th, 2017

Europe Biobank Week 2018: Biosharing for Scientific Discovery

Co-organised by BBMRI-ERIC and ESBB, Europe Biobank Week 2018 will take place in Antwerp, Belgium, from the 4th until the 7th September 2018.   Building on t more

November 30th, 2017

BBMRI-NL November newsletter out now

The new BBMRI-NL newsletter is now available, including updates on a new web application for GDPR records, data protection impact assessment (DPIA) and compliance more

November 27th, 2017

Self-Assessment Survey for biobanks and sample collections

BBMRI-ERIC’s Quality Management reached an important milestone earlier this year: a self-assessment survey for biobanks and sample collections located in BBMRI- more

November 27th, 2017

Biobanks in personalised medicine

Representatives from both BBMRI-ERIC and recently attended the Austrian Platform for Personalized Medicine Inaugural Event and Symposium in Vienna to par more

November 24th, 2017

Making sense of genetic risk

By Anna Holm The likelihood of disease is not always informative to research participants. The numeric sense of genetic risk does not always correspond to their u more

November 22nd, 2017

CORBEL launches service catalogue

CORBEL, a H2020 cluster project uniting 13 European biological and medical research infrastructures, has launched its Catalogue of Services. CORBEL aims to create more

November 20th, 2017

First ERIC Forum Meeting in Graz, Austria

On November 16 and 17, BBMRI hosted the first ERIC Forum meeting in Graz, Austria. Representatives from all operational as well as from future European Research more

November 9th, 2017

BBMRI-ERIC replies to European Commission public consultation

In autumn 2017, the European Commission launched a public consultation on the transformation of health and care in the Digital Single Market (click here). The con more

October 25th, 2017

New RItrain surveys available

Two new surveys looking at training needs of managers of research infrastructures are now available. The results will be used for the purposes of the RItrain staf more

October 25th, 2017

BBMRI-ERIC paves the way to new era in biobanking

BBMRI-ERIC Quality Manager Andrea Wutte and Senior Advisor Jan-Eric Litton presented a poster at Global Biobank Week 2017 to highlight a new milestone in biobanki more

October 25th, 2017

News from our Polish Node

For Polish biobankers, October was a month full of meetings related to biobanking. For the first time in its history, the Polish Node organised a BBMRI-ERIC Manag more

October 25th, 2017 conference attracts more than 180 participants

The First Scientific and Training Conference of Polish Biobanks took place from 13 to 14 October 2017 at Wroclaw Medical University. The event was organised by th more

October 25th, 2017 biobanks among the first with collections meeting CEN/TS requirements

All biobanks have started to evaluate their collections with respect to the CEN/TS requirements using the BBMRI-ERIC Self-Assessment Survey. Two BBMRI.a more

October 25th, 2017

Uppsala workshop on Public Private Partnerships

A report on the outcomes of a Public Private Partnership stakeholder workshop that took place at Uppsala University last year was recently published. EU grant fun more

October 25th, 2017

UK Biobanking Showcase

The UK Biobanking Showcase, organised by the UKCRC Tissue Directory and Coordination Centre (, is the UK’s annual event covering the latest development more

October 25th, 2017

New B3Africa Newsletter available

The latest issue of the B3Africa Newsletter features updates on current B3Africa activities and interesting reports on testing the eB3Kit in real-life settings. R more

October 25th, 2017

German Biobank Node newsletter out now

The German Biobank Node’s quarterly newsletter is out now, including a nice piece about Erik Steinfelder being appointed new Director General of BBMRI-ERIC. Oth more

October 25th, 2017

Austrian Platform for Personalized Medicine: Inaugural Event

Representatives from both BBMRI-ERIC and attended the Austrian Platform for Personalized Medicine Inaugural Event and Symposium in Vienna last week to pa more

October 13th, 2017

Global Biobank Week 2017 – as it happened

Global Biobank Week 2017, the first biobanking conference on a global scale, took place between September 13 and 15 this year. Co-organised by BBMRI-ERIC, ESBB, more

September 28th, 2017

Estonian Biobank to provide personalised feedback to biobank participants

About Estonian Biobank Estonian Biobank (EGCUT) is a population-based longitudinal biobank established in 2000 and representing about 5% of Estonia’s adult popu more

September 28th, 2017 at Global Biobank Week 2017 in Stockholm

Several representatives attended Global Biobank Week 2017 in Stockholm between September 13 and 15. They all actively engaged in the event, presenting p more

September 25th, 2017

BBMRI-ERIC, and Biobank Graz: biobanking hotspot Graz

Austrian broadcaster ORF Steiermark recently did a report on the pioneering work done by Biobank Graz, and BBMRI-ERIC – all of which are based in G more

September 22nd, 2017

First module of Executive Masters in Management of Research Infrastructures successfully delivered

The Executive Masters in Management of Research Infrastructures has been successfully launched, with the first module delivered between September 20 and 22. The c more

September 22nd, 2017

BBMRI-ERIC Horizon scanning survey: 5 quick questions to help us help you

The BBMRI-ERIC Common Service ELSI has prepared a very brief survey to find out what you think are the important ethical, legal, and policy issues facing biobanki more

September 22nd, 2017

NanomedTAB – free-of-charge mentoring programme for nanomedicine: application deadline extended

NanomedTAB, the Nanomedicine Translation Advisory Board is a free-of-charge mentoring program to assess and advise promising nanomedicine projects and accelerate more

September 21st, 2017

Call for Papers – 6. Nationales Biobanken-Symposium 2017

Co-organised by the German Biobank Node and TMF (Technologie- und Methodenplattform für die vernetzte medizinische Forschung), Nationales Biobanken-Symposium i more

September 21st, 2017

Final programme for EMBL Conference on Lifelong Learning in the Biomedical Sciences 2017 available

The final programme for the EMBL Conference on Lifelong Learning in the Biomedical Sciences 2017 is now available here. Registration and abstract submission are o more

September 20th, 2017

Ready for Microscopy – Junior Researchers Day hosted by

20 primary school children and the Austrian Childrens Newspaper visiting  (Volkschulkinder und die Kleine Kinderzeitung zu Gast bei What happ more

September 8th, 2017

Final programme for Global Biobank Week 2017 online

The final programme for Global Biobank Week 2017 can be downloaded here. Find out more about the keynote speakers and all the other exciting events taking place more

September 5th, 2017

THE ROUTE at Global Biobank Week 2017 in Stockholm: From DNA sample to personalised feedback on genomics

The Route simulates the real workflow of a biobank. It is an interactive sequence of steps allowing GBW attendees to go through the seven different stages that ar more

Article co-authored by Petr Holub among high-impact articles in Biopreservation and Biobanking

Petr Holub, BBMRI-ERIC IT/Data Protection Manager, is one of the authors of an article titled Toward Global Biobank Integration by Implementation of the Minimum more

August 3rd, 2017

ESOF 2018 Toulouse: new calls for programme proposals opening soon

Founded in 2004 by EuroScience, a non-profit grassrots organisation for researchers in Europe, the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) is the biennial pan-European mee more

July 27th, 2017

Meet Jasjote Grewal, our new ELSI Helpdesk Coordinator

Jasjote Grewal is a lawyer by training, having qualified as a Solicitor in England and Wales in 2010 with a niche health and social care law firm in London. S more

July 27th, 2017

Meet Francesco Florindi, our new Engagement Officer

The BBMRI-ERIC family is delighted to welcome Francesco Florindi as our new Engagement Officer. Francesco obtained a cum laude Master’s degree in International more

July 27th, 2017

ADOPT BBMRI-ERIC omics questionnaires

The BBMRI-ERIC community is seeking to increase its knowledge about omics technology service providers in Europe. To this end, four different questionnaires have more

July 27th, 2017

Biobanking concerns me: a great joint effort at public engagement during EBW 2017

  This year, the Italian node,, will play a very active role in the European Biotech Week 2017 (EBW 2017), coordinating a great joint effort at publ more

July 24th, 2017

Greg Simon, President of the Biden Cancer Initiative, to open Global Biobank Week as keynote speaker

As President of the Biden Cancer Initiative, Greg is working to develop and drive implementation of solutions to accelerate progress in cancer prevention, detecti more

July 21st, 2017 partner Medical University of Innsbruck hosts biobanking workshop on new sample quality standards

The Medical University of Innsbruck, a partner, recently hosted a biobanking workshop to introduce the new sample quality standards defined within the C more

July 21st, 2017

Medical University of Graz ( co-organises meeting on open innovation: How Research Infrastructures Boost Innovation

The Medical University of Graz, one of the partners, and EATRIS recently co-organised a meeting in Brussels as part of the H2020-funded CORBEL (Coordinat more

July 7th, 2017

Survey on sustainability of human research biobanks

“Biobanks are an important resource for clinical and environmental research and financially sustaining the infrastructures is a challenge that is being experien more

July 6th, 2017

ELIXIR releases its 2016 Annual Report

ELIXIR has published its 2016 Annual Report highlighting the most important steps forward in 2016 and showing how much ELIXIR’s services have advanced. It also more

July 6th, 2017

Prof. Jan-Eric Litton, Senior Adviser at BBMRI-ERIC, to Open Global Biobank Week 2017 as Keynote Speaker

Jan-Eric Litton received his Ph.D. from Karolinska Institutet in 1983. In 2002, he was appointed Professor of Biomedical Computing Technology at Karolinska Instit more

July 5th, 2017

BBMRI-ERIC Assembly of Members Appoints Erik Steinfelder as New Director General

The BBMRI-ERIC Assembly of Members recently appointed Erik Steinfelder as the new Director General of BBMRI-ERIC. He will begin this position on 1st August 2017, more

July 4th, 2017

CORBEL Staff Exchange: Call for Participants

The purpose of CORBEL Staff Exchanges is for operational staff from the Research Infrastructures (RIs) participating in CORBEL to develop operational expertise more

Biobanking of Human Biospecimens – Principles and Practice: New Publication Available

Edited by Markus Pasterk, Administrative Director at BBMRI-ERIC, Austrian National Node Director Kurt Zatloukal, Pierre Hainaut and Jim Vaught, this volume is the more

June 29th, 2017

Record Number of Travel Fellowship Awards for Global Biobank Week

There were a record number of applicants for travel fellowships to attend the Global Biobank Week (GBW) conference to be held in Stockholm from the 13-15 Septembe more contributes to new paper on sports medicine

Blood tests can show that endurance sports have a beneficial impact on physical and mental performance. Authored by Helmuth Haslacher et al., this paper describes more

June 29th, 2017

European Marine Biological Resource Centre launches new biobanking project

The European Marine Biological Resource Centre (EMBRC) launched the European Marine Biological Resource Centre Biobank (EBB) project at the beginning of May. Aimi more

June 22nd, 2017

Hot off the press: Biobanks Europe Magazine No. 7

We are delighted to announce that the Biobanks Europe Magazine No. 7 is out. If you have always wondered what the ADOPT BBMRI-ERIC project is all about, if you more

Four simple recommendations to encourage best practices in research software

Co-authored by Petr Holub, IT/Data Protection Manager at BBMRI-ERIC, this new article highlights how already existing best practices in software development can b more

June 2nd, 2017

INFRAFRONTIER2020 Project Trans-national Access call June 2017: Late-onset systemic phenotyping (ageing pipeline)

Context and aim of the call INFRAFRONTIER is the European Research Infrastructure for phenotyping, archiving and distribution of model mammalian genomes. The INFR more

May 24th, 2017

BBMRI-ERIC Directory reaches 100m samples

BBMRI-ERIC is delighted to announce that its Directory has now reached 100m samples, making it the largest biobanking catalogue on the globe. Having recently been more

May 24th, 2017

Children as Researchers: Event Co-Organised by Proves a Success

Together with the Austrian Society of Pathology and the Institute of Pathology of the Medical University of Graz, recently organised a research event for more

May 23rd, 2017

First successful RItrain staff exchange hosted by EATRIS

On March 10 and 11, EATRIS hosted the first RItrain Staff Exchange at its headquarters in Amsterdam. Eleven participants came together with EATRIS staff to share more

May 23rd, 2017

Common Minimum Technical Standards and Protocols for Biobanks Dedicated to Cancer Research: New Book Published by IARC

Biobanking has developed at a rapid pace in recent years, initiated by the drive for personalised medicine, the need for high-quality biological resources and ass more

May 22nd, 2017

New European Initiative ORION launched in Barcelona at the Beginning of May

ORION is a new collaborative European project that will explore ways in which research and funding organisations in life sciences and biomedicine can open up the more

May 12th, 2017

Memorandum of Understanding to set up an ERIC Forum Signed by our Director General this Week

The 6th European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) Network Meeting took place in snowy Helsinki on May 9 and 10. After two days of presentations and break more

May 9th, 2017

New comment co-authored by Jan-Eric Litton: Bridging the translational innovation gap through good biomarker practice

Jan-Eric Litton is one of the authors of a comment recently published in Nature Reviews Drug Discovery. Titled Bridging the Translational Innovation Gap Through more

May 9th, 2017

Abstract submission deadline for Global Biobank Week extended

The deadline for the submission of abstracts for the 2017 Global Biobank Week in Stockholm has been extended to May 18. Click here for more information and to sub more

May 8th, 2017

Biobanking UK announce date for 2017’s annual meeting

The UKCRC Tissue Directory and Coordination Centre have set the date for their 2017 annual meeting. They will be returning to the Kia Oval on the 18th October for more

May 5th, 2017

German Biobank Alliance Launched

After a long, intensive preparatory phase, the German Biobank Alliance has finally been launched. Coordinated by  the German Biobank Node, it will serve the enti more

April 27th, 2017

Organising The Polish Biobanking Network

Poland has around 40 large biorepositories storing unique biological material such as whole brains and muscle fibres from patients with rare diseases, as well as more

April 27th, 2017

News from our National Node in Austria QM cross audit at Biobank Graz A sign of mutual trust within the consortium – March 2017 Read the full article here   New pu more

April 27th, 2017

German biobanks receive 14 million Euros of government funding to build a professional infrastructure

As of May 1, 2017, eleven German biobanks will be joining forces in the German Biobank Alliance in order to build a network of biobanks supporting research projec more

April 27th, 2017


The newly founded Health Institutes of Turkey (TUSEB) have initiated a Turkish genome project that aims at sequencing 100,000 genomes from healthy individuals as more

April 27th, 2017

Establishing a New Biobank Network in Istanbul, Turkey

The Investing in the Future: BIOBANK project, which was funded by the Istanbul Development Agency during the 2015-2016 period, has been successfully completed. Th more

April 27th, 2017

New Tools to Facilitate Findability and Accessibility of Biobanking Resources

BBMRI-ERIC is proud to announce that two new tools aiming to improve the findability and accessibility of biobanking resources in Europe, and possibly even beyond more

April 26th, 2017

Applications Now Open: Course on Translational Research and Medicine Development

The course consists of an introductory e-learning stage (around 24 hours student investment time), followed by a 5-day face-to-face workshop. It is intended for P more

April 19th, 2017


Applications for the Executive Masters in Management of Research Infrastructures are open now and can be submitted using the online form available here. Click her more

April 12th, 2017

Anne Cambon-Thomsen Joining the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies

Following the renewal of its mandate, the new European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies has been officially launched. Anne Cambon-Thomsen, Co-Direc more

April 7th, 2017

Meet Johanna, our new communication officer!

The BBMRI-ERIC family is delighted to welcome Johanna Dungl as our new Communication Officer, joining us at the BBMRI-ERIC Central Executive Management Office in more

April 5th, 2017

BBMRI-ERIC Round Table in Brussels on Biobanking Collaboration with Africa

A round table titled Biobanking collaboration with Africa: BBMRI-ERIC’s contribution to health research capacity building in Africa is taking place in Brussels more

April 4th, 2017

The new B3Africa Newsletter is out

Issue No. 2017/02 of the B3Africa newsletter features a range of upcoming webinars, a new infographic explaining what the eB3Kit is, some information on conferenc more

March 30th, 2017

Promoting Engagement, Quality and Good Practices: 6 National Working Groups and an Intensive Road Map

In what will be a special year for infrastructure consolidation due to the implementation throughout Europe of two regulations defining a new framework for rese more

March 30th, 2017

European Reference Networks: a new concept came to reality

The 3rd official European Reference Network (ERN) conference took place in Vilnius, Lithuania, on the 9th of March. The following day was dedicated to the kick-of more

March 30th, 2017

News from our National Node in Austria

A new publication by titled Automatic Classification System for Pathological Findings is now available for download from’s news section. Read more

March 29th, 2017

BBMRI-ERIC at the Integrating Research and Healthcare for Rare Diseases Workshop in Malta

Since there is a major interest for collaboration between rare diseases researchers in Europe and beyond, rare diseases have been defined as one of the core prior more

March 23rd, 2017

BBMRI-ERIC and its Stakeholder Forum in a Nutshell

Former Director General Jan-Eric Litton and Chief Policy Officer of the Common Service ELSI Michaela Th. Mayrhofer each give us a short summary of BBMRI-ERIC and more

March 20th, 2017

Preliminary Programme for Global Biobank Week Now Online!

Do you want to have a sneak peek at the GBW preliminary programme? Are you interested in submitting an abstract for GBW? Do you want to register for GBW and get more

March 20th, 2017

Swiss Biobanking Platform – Newsletter N°2

The Swiss Biobanking Platform’s Newsletter N°2 features information on new hub coordinators, new partners, the Working Groups on Harmonisation, the Bioban more

March 10th, 2017

BBMRI.SE’s Biobank Perspectives Newsletter 10.03.2017

In this issue of Biobank Perspectives you can read about some of the challenges that arise when biobanking stem cells in relation to a new project on the legal an more

March 8th, 2017

Summary Report on the BBMRI-ERIC Working Meeting on Health and Life Sciences GDPR Code of Conduct

On 1 February 2017, BBMRI-ERIC held a working meeting in Brussels, bringing together around 30 representatives from the European biological and medical science r more

March 6th, 2017

Answers to FAQs on EU GDPR – New Version Available Now

On May 24, 2016, the Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the Protection of Natural Persons with regard to the Processing of Personal Data more

March 2nd, 2017


RItrain, the Research Infrastructure Training Programme, is an EU-funded Horizon 2020 project aimed at improving and professionalising the training of managerial more

February 22nd, 2017


The European-wide, FP7-funded BBMRI-LPC project (Biobanking and Biomolecular Research Infrastructure ― Large Prospective Cohorts; GA no. 313010) brought togethe more

February 20th, 2017

!NEW! – MSC in Biobanking

The Master’s course “MSc in Biobanking” starts for the second time! More at>> more

February 20th, 2017

International Biobanking Experts at Course in Graz

How to improve the quality of biobank samples, could be experienced in the laboratory course “Pre-Analytical Sample Processing in Biobanking”. More a more

February 17th, 2017

CORBEL staff exchanges: Call for Hosts 2017

The purpose of CORBEL staff exchanges is for operational staff from the Research Infrastructures participating in CORBEL to develop operational expertise in four more

February 16th, 2017

Biobanks Europe Magazine #6

Ensuring reproducibility and reliability of scientific work should be at the heart of medical science. It is thus an issue of great concern for BBMRI-ERIC and we more

February 14th, 2017

Standardisation and improvement of pre-analytical workflows

European biobanks providing human specimens and human derived materials usable for research, are seeking to implement standardised pre-analytical workflow steps f more

February 13th, 2017

Article in *Research Europe

Group plans guidance on personal data use Text written by Craig Nicholson Researchers and lawyers are working on a code of conduct for the use of personal data i more

February 8th, 2017

Code of conduct for using personal data in health research

Group mulls guidance on use of personal data
Researchers and lawyers are working on a code of conduct for using personal data in health research, aimed at more

February 2nd, 2017

MSc in Biobanking

Target group: This university course is open for graduates with a bachelor degree in medicine, technical specialists and graduates in natural sciences (biology, p more

February 2nd, 2017

ECRIN press release

Towards better medicines for children: PedCRIN project builds research infrastructure more

January 25th, 2017

Jan-Eric Litton in Nature: “We must urgently clarify data-sharing rules”

Scientists have worked hard to ensure that Europe’s new data laws do not harm science, but one last push is needed, says Jan-Eric Litton. In a little more

January 25th, 2017

New Consortium Partner welcomes the University of Vienna as new consortium partner which under the leadership of Prof.Ulrike Felt will continue with the current team its excell more

January 24th, 2017

Join us at the first GLOBAL BIOBANK MEETING

BBMRI-ERIC, ESBB and ISBER are joining forces for the first Global Biobank Week which will take place from September 13th to 15th, 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden. &nbs more

January 23rd, 2017

Article about

Organization of The Polish Biobanking Network   Abstract In Poland storage of human biological samples takes place at most universities and scienti more

January 19th, 2017

New OECD Council of Ministers Recommendations on Health Data Governance

The OECD Health Ministers welcomed the Recommendation of the OECD Council on Health Data Governance at their meeting in Paris on 17 January 2017. The Recommendati more

January 17th, 2017

BBMRI-ERIC is hiring! Check out our vacancy notes!

Have a look at our vacancy notes here: more

December 21st, 2016

RItrain: Calls for Applications for Staff Exchange

The purpose of RItrain Staff Exchanges is for managerial staff from European Research Infrastructures to learn from managerial and leadership best practices in ar more

December 20th, 2016

RItrain: Staff Exchange Programme Pilot winners identified

Part of WP5 is to develop and run staff exchanges between personnel from different RI. Staff exchanges will enable key personnel in research infrastructures to l more

December 19th, 2016

Call for Applications

The Lichtenberg-Kolleg, the Göttingen Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences, invites applications for up to 10 Early Career Fellowsh more

December 19th, 2016

News about GDPR Implementation and Guidance from the Art.29 DPWP

The Article 29 Working Party (“WP29”) has issued new guidance on three important aspects of the new General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”), which com more

December 19th, 2016

Revised version of the CIOMS Ethical Guidelines for Human Research

The Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences (CIOMS) last week finalized the latest revision to its ethical guidelines for health research invo more

December 19th, 2016

Registration of human tissue banks could stop millions of samples going to waste

A change in the way human tissue banks are registered should help prevent millions of human tissue samples, that could be used for medical research, from going to more

December 9th, 2016

Collaborating on big data to unravel disease processes

Patients with the same illness often receive the same treatment, even if the cause of the illness is different for each person. Six Dutch universities are combini more

November 23rd, 2016 Strong premiere of cinema film about biobanks in Graz/Austria

Around 100 visitors came to the KIZ Royale cinema to watch the documentary movie and participate in the panel discussion with experts and film protagonists from B more

November 23rd, 2016

UK Biobanking Showcase 2016

On the 16th November held their second ever annual meeting at the oval Cricket ground in London. The day kicked off with a brief introductory video on th more

November 22nd, 2016

The UK Biobanking Timebomb: Maintaining Public Trust in Medical Research

On the 25th October attended an event in parliament organised by The University of Nottingham. The UK Biobanking Timebomb: Maintaining Public Trust in Me more

November 21st, 2016

First newsletter of the Belgian Virtual Tumorbank

The Belgian Virtual Tumourbank issued its first newsletter with the following topics: Tumour biobanking in Belgium The BVT catalogue (BVTc) Accessing information more

October 28th, 2016

New Recommendation on the processing of personal health-related data

The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe adopted a new Recommendation on the processing of personal health-related data for insurance purposes, including data resulting from genetic tests. more

October 27th, 2016

2nd Expert Centre of BBMRI-ERIC: The ATMA Platform

ATMA Platform, an Expert Centre to Accelerate Clinical Research with focus on Biomarker verification and validation. more

October 27th, 2016

Meeting with EORTC

Director Generals of BBMRI-ERIC (Jan-Eric Litton) and EORTC – European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (Denis Lacombe) met in Brussels i more

October 27th, 2016

Movie “Golden Genes” – Biobanking goes Cinema

The partners, Institute of Pathology and Biobank Graz (both Medical University of Graz), contributed to the cinema film “Golden Genes”. Follo more

October 27th, 2016

New WMA Declaration of Taipei on HDB published

On behalf of the CS ELSI Task Force on International Organisation Policy Assessment and Monitoring Task Force (TF IO Policy), we inform you that the draft WMA dec more

October 17th, 2016

Patient Engagement in Biobanking

“Why patient engagement and data management are important for research” – Kurt Zatloukal, National Node Director and Pathologist at the more

October 17th, 2016

Primer on Law and Ethics for Researchers involved in Biobanking

News from B3Africa: In most jurisdictions, researchers have a legal, as well as a moral, duty to ensure that their research adheres to national standards and reg more

October 12th, 2016

B3Africa Newsletter Issue No. 03/2016

In this third and latest issue issue of the B3Africa Newsletter, the project presents news from the first and second technical Jamborees with a video, updates fro more

October 11th, 2016

German Biobank Node Newsletter

Editorial For this issue, we have decided to wrap up the German Biobank Node’s ongoing activities because the first funding period is almost at its end. We look more

October 5th, 2016

CORBEL launches 1st Open Call for research projects

CORBEL – Coordinated Research Infrastructures Building Enduring Life-science services – is an EC Horizon2020 project uniting 11 Biological and Medical Science more

October 5th, 2016

Poland is now a full member of BBMRI-ERIC

BBMRI-ERIC welcomes Poland, after being an observer, now as a full member. Updated list of members and observers of BBMRI-ERIC: Members: Austria, Belgium, Czech R more

September 29th, 2016

Jan-Eric Litton about the Europe Biobank Week 2016

The recent Europe Biobank Week in Vienna “Biobanking for Health Innovation” conference concluded as a big success for the biobanking community bringing togeth more

September 29th, 2016

CORBEL 1st Open Call for Research Projects

CORBEL ( seeks to harmonise access to European research infrastructures joining their various expertise across the range of life science dis more

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Our Quality Manager, Andrea Wutte, presents her interview with Tumorbank @ UZA 28 Sep 2016

Interview with Tumorbank @ UZA

Our Quality Manager, Andrea Wutte, presents her interview with Patrick Pauwels (Tumorbank curator), Sofie Goethals (Biobank manager) and Mieke De Wilde (Biobank q more

September 22nd, 2016

Closing Ceremony at the EBW 2016

The Europe Biobank Week attracted 682 registrants who were able to participate in scientific sessions, workshops and satellite meetings, which got rounded off by more

September 9th, 2016

International Life Sciences Award 2016

We are happy to announce that BBMRI-ERIC has been awarded as Best European Health Research Organisation. GHP Announces Winners of the 2016 International Life Sc more

September 8th, 2016

Welcome our new Member State Latvia

The Assembly of Members welcomes our 20th Member State! You can find more information about our new member here! more


Summary Background The prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test is used to screen for prostate cancer but has a high false-positive rate that translates into unnecess more

August 5th, 2016


The Assembly of Members of BBMRI-ERIC welcomes Cyprus as an Observer. Find information about our latest National Node here: Cyprus more

July 8th, 2016


Graz (Austria), July 2016 – The Graz based research facility CBmed has been appointed the first European “BBMRI-ERIC Expert Centre/Trusted Partner” (Biobank more

June 30th, 2016


The Summer Edition of GBN-newsletter features the main theme of ELSI.  This focus was selected not only because the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (G more


The European Journal of Medical Genetics accepted a paper from our biobanking Task Force from the Working Party of the German Medical Ethics Committees. Abstract more

May 25th, 2016


Active discussion between Austrian citizens and experts from biobanking at the 3rd Citizen-Expert Panels in Graz. Find out more on the website of BBMRI.a more

May 25th, 2016


CBmed, an Austrian funded competence center, links excellent research infrastructure, scientific expertise, medical knowledge, national and international industry more

May 25th, 2016


European life science researchers now have the possibility to use state-of-the-art imaging technologies, which they do not find at their home institutions or amo more

May 24th, 2016


The C-COMEND Course is a course consisting of an introductory e-learning (~20 hours student investment time) followed by a 5-day face-to-face workshop. The cours more

May 24th, 2016


Joint session by the global collaboration group at BIO International Convention, San Francisco 2016 The global collaboration group is organising a session at BI more

May 24th, 2016


Our Quality Manager, Andrea Wutte, presents her interview with the Head of the Laboratory for Experimental Pathology in Munich/Germany, Karl-Friedrich Becker! Kar more

May 24th, 2016


While “data sharing” for biomedical research is currently very high on the agenda of funders and policy makers, there is a dearth of evidence on h more

May 13th, 2016


The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe adopted a new Recommendation on research on biological materials of human origin on 11 May 2016. The current more

May 10th, 2016

FAQs on the General Data Protection Regulation

On 14 April 2016, the European Parliament adopted the Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the Protection of Natural Persons with regard more

May 3rd, 2016


The Centre Nacional d’Anàlisi Genòmica has been accredited according to UNE-EN ISO/IEC 17025:2005 standard by ENAC (Entidad Nacional de Acreditación), specif more

April 28th, 2016


Our Quality Manager, Andrea Wutte, presents her interview with the head of the Erasmus MC Tissue Bank, Peter Riegman! Peter Riegman is a Molecular Biologist and p more

April 26th, 2016


On 22 April 2016 the “Long Night of Research” took place all over Austria. More than 180,000 visitors came to see research projects, scientific disc more

April 22nd, 2016


Patient advocacy group representatives and the Biobanking and BioMolecular resources Research Infrastructures – European Research Infrastructure Consortium more

April 15th, 2016


We are pleased to announce the launch of the CORBEL Innovation Office, intended to provide advice and assistance to streamline research collaboration among Europe more

April 14th, 2016


On Thursday April 14, the European Parliament has adopted the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The legislation will likely come into force in the sp more

April 11th, 2016


Sharing and access to data and human biospecimens for the benefit of patients – Towards a BBMRI-ERIC Policy   Short Summary Rational and main objectives Th more

April 6th, 2016


biobanques de recherche or Ethics and Regulation of Research Biobanks”, written in French, in collaboration with the BIOBANQUES Ethics and Regulation Depar more

April 6th, 2016


BBMRI-ERIC, ESBB and ISBER signed an MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) which defines collaboration, mutual recognition, and shared approaches for the hosting of more

April 4th, 2016


Registration and Abstract Submission are open now:    more

March 23rd, 2016


EGI is pleased to announce the first dates of 2016 for FitSM training and certification. FitSM is a pragmatic, lightweight and achievable standard for IT servi more

March 18th, 2016


Toward Global Biobank Integration by Implementation of the Minimum Information About BIobank Data Sharing (MIABIS 2.0 Core) Merino-Martinez Roxana, Norlin Loreana more

March 14th, 2016


Editorial by the Project Coordinator The rapidly evolving African biobanks are invaluable for biomedical research because the African population has the greatest more

March 13th, 2016


Editorial   Dear Colleagues and Biobankers, The collection of samples using equivalent quality standards is essential for research projects employing biomate more

March 8th, 2016


The first distance learning postgraduate “Master in Biobanking” in English The number of projects using biobank samples for research is constantly increasing more

March 7th, 2016


BBMRI-ERIC is now an official partner of RD-Connect. RD-Connect is a unique global infrastructure project that links up databases, registries, biobanks and clini more

March 4th, 2016


4 March 2016 – Biobanking and BioMolecular resources Research Infrastructure – European Research Infrastructure Consortium (BBMRI-ERIC) will take part i more

March 4th, 2016


*Bursaries for Early Career Researchers now available* Dear All, We are delighted to announce that a limited number of bursaries are now available to subsidise e more

February 26th, 2016


To read the full version of the newest B3Africa newsletter, including updates from the B3Africa ELSI Workshop and the First B3Africa Technical Jamboree, please more

February 9th, 2016


The BBMRI-ERIC Family welcomes Carmen Cristea (Finance / Administration Assistant) as permanent staff to the BBMRI-ERIC Central Executive Management Office in Gr more

January 22nd, 2016


Earlier this month, Insight@UCC hosted a seminar about biobanking in which the European biobanking infrastructure BBMRI-ERIC laid out the case for Ireland becomi more

January 7th, 2016


The Insight Centre for Data Analytics and BBMRI-ERIC hosted a seminar entitled ‘The Input of BioMolecular Biobanking to Data Analytics and Medical Researc more

December 17th, 2015


BBMRI-ERIC is pleased to announce availability of the BBMRI-ERIC Directory 2.0, which brings interesting new features that allow for fine-grained and more accura more

December 17th, 2015


European medical research escapes stifling privacy laws Proposed legislation had threatened the use of genomic and clinical data in medical studies. A threat to more

December 17th, 2015


“BBMRI-ERIC has played a vital role to improve the GDPR“, says BBMRI-ERIC’s Director General Prof. Jan-Eric Litton. BBMRI-ERIC has met with sev more

December 17th, 2015


The European Society of Radiology (ESR) and the Biobanking and Biomolecular Resources Research Infrastructures – European Research Infrastructure Consortium (BB more

December 16th, 2015


The sharing-results policies, practices and opinions of biobanks have been surveyed by the EU Horizon 2020 funded Genetics Clinic of the Future (GCOF) project. T more

December 16th, 2015


From 5-10 December Jan-Eric Litton was invited by Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) to present BBMRI-ERIC and the International standards that we more

December 11th, 2015


BBMRI-ERIC brings together the expertise of many disciplines in order to operate the pan-European research infrastructure for biobanks and biomolecular resources more

November 25th, 2015


The International Agency for Research on Cancer recently organised and hosted the first BCNet training workshop, in Lyon from 3 – 5 November 2015. Read her arti more

November 12th, 2015


Do we share – or do we not share – results with donors? Policies, practices and opinions of all BBMRI biobanks on sharing biobank results with donors more

November 2nd, 2015


Between 26 and 30 October 2015, the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) called for working group meetings within the TC 276 Biotechnology. The Mi more

January 7th, 2015


Outi Törnwall (EU Project Manager) and Luc Deltombe (Communication / Finance Assistant) as permanent staff to the BBMRI-ERIC Central Executive Management Off more

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