What is a research biobank?

A biobank is a collection of human biological materials, organs, parts of organs, cells and tissue and components of such materials from living and deceased human beings.

A research biobank is a collection of human biological samples for use in research, and must be approved by the regional committee for medical and health research ethics (REK). If samples collected are stored for more than 2 months, a research biobank must be established.

There are two ways to collect samples for a research biobank:

  • Samples can be included from a diagnostic or treatment biobank. This requires an additional approval from the department where the biobank is localized

  • Samples can be collected especially for the purpose of the research biobank