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ISBER is the only global forum that addresses harmonization of scientific, technical, legal, and ethical issues relevant to repositories of biological and environmental specimens.

ISBER fosters collaboration; creates education and training opportunities; provides a forum for the dissemination of state-of-the-art policies, processes, and research findings; and provides an international showcase for innovative technologies, products, and services. Together, these activities promote best practices that cut across the broad range of repositories that ISBER serves.


ISBER is a global organization which creates opportunities for sharing ideas and innovations in biobanking and harmonizes approaches to evolving challenges for biological and environmental repositories.

The six categories of biobanking that we address are:

  • Animal Specimen Repository
  • Environmental Repository
  • Human Specimen Repository
  • Microorganism Culture Collection
  • Museum Repository
  • Plant/Seed Repository


ISBER will be the leading global forum for promoting harmonized high quality standards, ethical principles, and innovation in the science and management of biorepositories.

Society Goals:

  • Disseminate information on repository management issues.
  • Educate and share information and tools within the society and with stakeholders.
  • Act as the voice for repositories to influence regulations and policy.
  • Develop best practice guidelines.
  • Provide centralized information about existing repositories.
  • Bring members together to work on emerging issues.

Key Strategic Directions:

  1. Establish ISBER as an integrated global society.
  2. Balance growth and financial sustainability of the society.
  3. Optimize organizational efficiency and effectiveness.
  4. Identify and develop future leaders.
  5. Sustain market leadership position in biobanking.
To review the 2014 ISBER Strategic Operating Plan, click here.

ISBER Regions

ISBER is an international Society, governed by a Board of Directors elected by its membership. ISBER aspires to become truly global, meaning that all Regions of the world will have equal representation in the governance of the Society and will contribute to the development and implementation of the Society’s strategy. Please find here a link to the ISBER Regional Charter.

Get to Know ISBER

Presented by Elaine Gunter, ISBER Past President (2000-2001), and Kathi Shea, ISBER Past President (2012-2013).


ISBER is incorporated as a not-for-profit organization in Chicago, Illinois, USA

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