Biobanks Accreditation in accordance with DIN EN ISO 20387
Biobanks collect, process and store biological materials and make these biomaterials available to the users of the biobank together with defined information on the materials. Biobanks can be divided into groups according to various criteria: for example, according to the intended use of the processed biological materials (research, industry, epidemiology, etc.) or according to the origin of the materials (human materials, veterinary materials, plant materials, microorganisms, etc.).
Accreditation on the basis of DIN EN ISO 20387
The accreditation of biobanks is in accordance with DIN EN ISO 20387 and constitutes a voluntary assessment of competence by an independent body. This does not apply to biobanks containing biological material intended for food/feed production, for laboratories carrying out analysis for food and feed production and 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 20387. 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.