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Best Practices

The ISBER Best Practices: Recommendations for Repositories Fourth Edition presents the most effective practices for the management of biological and environmental specimen collections and repositories. These are either evidence-based or consensus-based practices for collection, long-term storage, retrieval and distribution of specimens.

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BIO Journal

Biopreservation and Biobanking (BIO), ISBER’s official journal, is the first journal to provide a unifying forum for the peer-reviewed communication of recent advances in the emerging and evolving field of biospecimen procurement, processing, preservation, and banking. The journal publishes a range of original articles focusing on current challenges and problems related to the processing of macromolecules, cells, and tissues. It also explores the ethical, legal, and societal considerations surrounding biobanking and biorepository operation.

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Webinars on Demand

Browse upcoming ISBER webinars. These live educational events present a wide range discussion and information related to the biobanking field. Find the series that appeals to you and sign up today.

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Essentials of
Biobanking Course

ISBER is pleased to partner with CTRNet to present the Essentials of Biobanking Course. The course provides a general overview of 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. The estimated time to complete this course is 7-11 hours.

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Qualification in Biorepository Science (QBRS)

ISBER and the ASCP BOC are pleased to announce a new Qualification in Biorepository Science (QBRS)! ISBER and ASCP BOC have combined forces to create a qualification exam for biobankers.

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Biorepository Proficiency
Testing (PT) Program

Endorsed by ISBER, IBBL’s Biospecimen Proficiency Testing program is an external quality assessment tool to verify the precision and accuracy of your biospecimen testing methods, and the efficiency of your processing methods. At the end of the program, each participant will receive a performance report, a certificate of participation, and a label of participation.

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More Learning Opportunities

With an ISBER membership, you will gain access to exclusive tools developed to make you a better Biobanker.

Self Assessment Tool

Identify areas that need improvement! The ISBER Self-Assessment Tool (SAT) hosted by IMS assists repository operators in determining how well their repository follows the ISBER Best Practices for Repositories.The assessment is confidential and aimed at helping specimen collection centers strengthen their practices through the identification of areas in need of improvement.

Members only Webinars

Browse an archive of past ISBER webinars on a variety of topics related to biobanking.