ANAB is developing a biobanking accreditation program based on ISO 20387, Biotechnology – Biobanking – General requirements for biobanking. ISO 20387 details the requirements for the competence, impartiality, and consistent operation of biobanks. It is applicable to all organizations performing biobanking, including biobanking of biological material from multi-cellular organizations (e.g., human, animal, fungus, and plant) and microorganisms for research and development.

Biobanks, which hold hundreds of millions of biological samples – including those from humans, animals, plants, and microbes – help the global scientific community further everything from crop production to personalized medicine. Biobanks vary widely in terms of the kinds of biological material they hold, the activities they undertake, the services they provide, and their geographical location, size, and structure.

ANAB’s accreditation process for biobanking will allow assessments tailored to the specific needs of individual biobanks and the activities they perform, including acquisition, analysis, collection, data management, distribution, preparation, preservation, and testing.

New and existing biobanks may also be interested in ISO/TR 22758, Biotechnology – Biobanking – Implementation guide for ISO 20387. It provides detailed guidance to biobanks on how to implement the quality management, management, and technical requirements of ISO 20387 and was published to help organizations get the most out of the standard. The requirements of ISO 20387 are complex so the complementary guidance of ISO/TR 22758 will help organizations better understand how to implement the standard and fully appreciate its benefits. Together, the two documents help to improve the quality of biological material and data collections that are stored and shared, enhance the outcomes of collaboration, strengthen trust between partners, and advance research and development.

ANAB biobanking accreditation program requirements will be available soon.

For more information, contact anab@anab.org.