Table 1.

Selected international technical best practices and guidelines

Document nameInstitutionWeb link*
Tissue banking for biomedical researchNational Cancer Center, Singapore
Biorepository protocolsAustralasian Biospecimen Network,/Australia
European Human Frozen Tumor Tissue Bank (TUBAFROST)TUBAFROST/European Union
Human tissue and biological samples for use in research (operational and ethical guidelines)Medical Research Council, UK
2008 Best practices for repositories: collection, storage, retrieval and distribution of biological materials for researchInternational Society for Biological and Environmental Biorepositories
National Cancer Institute: best practices for biospecimen resourcesNational Cancer Institute, United States
Common minimum technical standards and protocols for biological resource centers dedicated to cancer researchInternational Agency for Research on Cancer
OECD Best practice guidelines for biological resource centersOrganization for Economic Cooperation and Development
Recommendation Rec(2006)4 of the Committee of Ministers to member states on research on biological materials of human originCouncil of Europe Committee of Ministers
Case studies of existing human tissue repositories: “best practices” of a biospecimen resource for the genomic and proteomic eraRAND Corporation, Inc.
Fundamentals of cryobiologyCryoBiosystems, Inc.
Quality of collections of biological resourcesInstitut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale, France
Transport of infectious substancesWorld Health Organization
UN Recommendations on the transport of dangerous goods (model regulations)United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
  • *Readers should be aware that electronic links to documents may change rapidly. This list is certified accurate as of January 1, 2010.

  • Nonconsolidated English version of an official French Norm (NF-S 96-900).