Accreditations and conformity assessment bodies
The accreditation of biobanks is in accordance with DIN EN ISO 203871 and constitutes a voluntary assessment of competence by an independent body. This excludes biobanks that provide biological material for the production of foodstuffs / feedstuffs, that perform analyses for laboratories for foodstuff and feedstuff production, and biobanks that provide biological material for therapeutic applications.
As a minimum requirement, biobanks receive confirmation of competence for the acceptance, storage and issue of biological materials and the associated data in accordance with DIN EN ISO 203871. In addition to the acceptance, storage and issue of biological materials, extraction methods, methods for process control and preparation and preservation methods for liquid samples and tissue samples can also be accredited on an optional basis.
Benefits of accreditation
Accreditation promotes confidence and confirms the competent operation of a biobank, as well as the ability to provide biological material and associated data of appropriate quality for research and development. It facilitates collaboration and international comparison and promotes the exchange of ideas and harmonisation of practices between biobanks, researchers and other stakeholders.