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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 biobanking organization which creates opportunities for networking, education, and innovations and harmonizes approaches to evolving challenges in 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 biobanking forum for promoting harmonized high quality standards, education, 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. Strengthen Organization - Optimize ISBER’s organizational infrastructure so that we are poised to grow in an efficient and high quality manner. Leverage our strengths via the development of communication plans, marketing plans and membership drives.
  2.  Policy Influence - Provide leadership and advocacy to the industry on key issues such as harmonization, legislation, best practices, and standards. Strengthen current ISBER infrastructure for influencing policy so that it is timely and strategic.
  3. Advance the Science of Biobanking - In order to ensure relevance, ISBER should lead the development of standards, best practices, qualifications, the science of biobanking, and drive innovation in the industry.
  4.  Global and Sectoral Presence - ISBER has the opportunity to increase its profile internationally throughout the regions, within underrepresented sectors such as enviro-bio, pharma and amongst our partners. 
  5.  Increased Awareness of ISBER - Leverage our strengths via the development of public education, communication plans, marketing plans, and membership drives to increase awareness of ISBER and membership.
To review the 2017-2020 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

Click here to download a brief overview of ISBER.


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

ISBER Head Office, 750 Pender Street, Suite 301, Vancouver, BC V6C 2T7, Canada.   
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