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Biobanks in Europe: Prospects for Harmonisation and Networking

  • Authors: Eleni Zika, Daniele Paci, Tobias Schulte in den Bäumen, Anette Braun, Sylvie RijKers-Defrasne, Mylène Deschênes, Isabel Fortier, Jens Laage-Hellman, Christian A. Scerri, Dolores Ibarreta
  • EUR Number: 24361 EN
  • Publication date: 5/2010


The Report shows information on the extent of biobanking in Europe, collected through a survey of existing European biobanks regarding both technical aspects (e.g. storage conditions) and aspects of governance and ethics (e.g. sample and data sharing, consent procedures, collaborations etc.). In total, 126 biobanks from 23 countries in Europe were surveyed
The European Commission has already recognised the importance of international biobank projects and many of them have been funded and established in the context of the EU Framework Programmes. To help promote networking of biobanks and thus maximise public health benefits, at least some degree of harmonisation must be achieved.

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