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 Export to Your Calendar 7/22/2020
When: Wednesday, July 22, 2020
9:00am PT/12:00pm ET
Where: United States
Contact: ISBER Head Office

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A Path Towards Sustainability - ISO 20387 Accreditation of a Cornell Biobank

Presented by: Lara Mouttham (Cornell University, USA), Susan J. Garrison (Cornell University, USA), and David Lewandowski (Brooks Life Sciences, USA)

Biobanks play an integral role in research and precision medicine by collecting, processing, storing, and distributing high-quality biological material and associated data. With large commitments from the institutions that support biobanks – the NCI has reported spending over 50 million dollars per year on its biobank infrastructure - and advancements in precision medicine resulting directly from these resources, stakeholders (donors, funders, and users) are more likely to request a value and impact measure for the biobanks they support, along with a long-term sustainability plan that can assure the continuous running of such operations beyond the immediate future.

Biobank sustainability has been defined and characterized to encompass three dimensions (financial, operational, and social), and solutions have been proposed to increase sustainability practices. To address the social dimension of sustainability, the proposed strategies have included two major components – one relating to the acceptability of the biobank’s activities by not only the participants/donors, but also the public at large, and the other a commitment to accept standards of practice with approaches that show the commitment to those practices, such as enrolling in accreditation or certification programs for biobanks.

In January 2019, the American Association of Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) introduced the ISO 20387 Biobank Accreditation Program. This third party accreditation offered an independent review of an organization’s compliance with ISO 20387 - General Requirements for Biobanking, the first standard released by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) exclusively for biobanks. In this workshop we will explore how accreditation to ISO 20387 can improve biobank sustainability, by using the case example of the first biobank in the world to receive accreditation to this standard - the Cornell Veterinary Biobank.

Learning Objectives:

  • Biobank sustainability dimensions
  • Types of conformity assessment and attestation
  • Importance of biobank accreditation
  • Case study of sustainability improvements through accreditation