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Introduction to Biobanking Course


ISBER is pleased to partner with CTRNet to offer you the 
Introduction to Biobanking Course

The purpose of the Course is to give you a general overview of the key issues in establishing, maintaining and accessing a biobank.

The education program includes 9 online modules designed to provide 'how-to' knowledge for researchers and biobankers.  Upon completion of this course, you will receive a Record of Completion for your use.

Modules IncluDe:

  1. Basics of Biobanking
    Provides an introductory overview of biobanking including key issues in establishing, maintaining and accessing a biobank.
  2. Governance
    Introduces you to the concept of biobank governance and its importance to the everyday operations of a biobank.
  3. Ethics, Privacy and Security
    Discusses the importance of ensuring that biospecimens and personal health-related information are used ethically and optimally for research purposes.
  4. Facility Design and Safety
    Provides you with information on the fundamental physical components of a biobank facility. It also covers the importance of biobank facility design and security in maintaining a safe environment.
  5. Quality Management and Process Improvement
    Provides general information on the importance of quality management and process improvement for biobanks.
  6. Informed Consent
    Identifies and describes processes related to informed consent in the biobank setting.
  7. Biospecimen Collection and Processing
    Provides an overview of the types of biospecimens commonly collected and stored in a biobank and the procedures involved in biospecimen collection and processing.
  8. Biospecimen Storage and Distribution
    Provides an overview of proper biospecimen storage, retrieval and sample distribution procedures for a biobank.
  9. Data Systems and Records Management
    Provides an overview of the types of data systems and records management systems used for storing biospecimen data.

The estimated time to complete this course is 7-11 hours.


ISBER Members: $195 USD (ensure you are logged in to receive the member price)

Non-Members: $395 USD
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Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs): $49 (list available here)

IARC BCNet Members: $0 (pre-registration and membership with IARC BCNet is required)
Please note that IARC BCNet Members receive complimentary access to the Introduction to Biobanking Course.  For more information on IARC BCNet and information on how to become a member, please visit their website here:


After purchasing the Introduction to Biobanking Course, you will immediately receive two e-mail notifications: 1) confirming your order, and 2) providing you with a link to the Introduction to Biobanking Course Information Guide.  The Information Guide will provide you with further course information. Please note that if you select the "bill me" option, you will not receive the Information Guide or proceeding personal Education Access Key until payment is received.

You will additionally receive an e-mail within 5 days of purchase which will include your personal Education Access Key.  This key is unique to you and will allow you to complete the Introduction to Biobanking Course.  Please note that the Education Access Key will not be sent until payment is received.

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