Table 1.

Selected international technical best practices and guidelines

Document nameInstitutionWeb link*
Tissue banking for biomedical researchNational Cancer Center, Singaporehttp://www.bioethics-singapore.org/uploadfile/52533%20PMHT%20AppendixB-Dr%20Kon.pdf
Biorepository protocolsAustralasian Biospecimen Network,/Australiahttp://www.abrn.net/pdf/ABN_SOPs_Review_Mar07_final.pdf
European Human Frozen Tumor Tissue Bank (TUBAFROST)TUBAFROST/European Unionhttp://www.tubafrost.org/research/moreinfo/deliverables/TUBAFROST%20Deliverable%203.1.pdf
Human tissue and biological samples for use in research (operational and ethical guidelines)Medical Research Council, UKhttp://www.mrc.ac.uk/consumption/idcplg?IdcService=GET_FILE&dID=9051&dDocName=MRC002420&allowInterrupt=1
2008 Best practices for repositories: collection, storage, retrieval and distribution of biological materials for researchInternational Society for Biological and Environmental Biorepositorieshttp://www.isber.org/Pubs/BestPractices2008.pdf
National Cancer Institute: best practices for biospecimen resourcesNational Cancer Institute, United Stateshttp://biospecimens.cancer.gov/bestpractices/
Common minimum technical standards and protocols for biological resource centers dedicated to cancer researchInternational Agency for Research on Cancerhttp://www.iarc.fr/en/publications/pdfs-online/wrk/wrk2/Standards_ProtocolsBRC.pdf
OECD Best practice guidelines for biological resource centersOrganization for Economic Cooperation and Developmenthttp://www.oecd.org/dataoecd/7/13/38777417.pdf
Recommendation Rec(2006)4 of the Committee of Ministers to member states on research on biological materials of human originCouncil of Europe Committee of Ministershttps://wcd.coe.int/ViewDoc.jsp?id=977859&BackColorInternet=9999CC&BackColorIntranet=FFBB55&BackColorLogged=FFAC75
Case studies of existing human tissue repositories: “best practices” of a biospecimen resource for the genomic and proteomic eraRAND Corporation, Inc.http://prostatenbnpilot.nci.nih.gov/docs/03RAND.pdf
Fundamentals of cryobiologyCryoBiosystems, Inc.http://www.cryobiosystem-imv.com/Cryobiology/Basesfondamentalesdelacryobiologie/tabid/251/PageContentMode/1/language/en-US/Default.aspx?PageContentMode=1
Quality of collections of biological resourcesInstitut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale, Francehttp://www.p3gobservatory.org/download/projet+norme+Biobanque+Eng.pdf
Transport of infectious substancesWorld Health Organizationhttp://www.who.int/csr/resources/publications/biosafety/WHO_CDS_CSR_LYO_2005_22r%20.pdf
UN Recommendations on the transport of dangerous goods (model regulations)United Nations Economic Commission for Europehttp://www.unece.org/trans/danger/publi/unrec/rev13/13files_e.html
  • *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).