The National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL) is in the process of developing a new accreditation scheme for biobanks based on International standard (ISO 20387). It has sought for inputs and comments including participation of interested experts in the development of the programme.
This is being done due to an increase in demand of biobanks arising from developments in the area of genomics, metagenomics, proteomics, personalized medicine, disease biology, bioenergy, environmental remediation and allied fields.
Biobanks are the rich collections of biological material and associated data (BMaD), specially developed as a resource for research. Biobank is defined as an entity that performs the process of acquisitioning and storage, collection, preparation, testing, analysing and distribution of defined biological material as well as related information and data.
These biorepositories are needed in multiple sectors, including pharma, academia, animal breeding, disease pathologies and population-based studies in the field of epigenetics, preventive medical programmes, rare diseases and epidemiology.
ISO 20387:2018 is an international standard which specifies general requirements for the competence, impartiality and consistent operation of biobanks including quality control requirements to ensure biological material and data collections of appropriate quality.
This Standard is applicable to the organization (existing or newly established biobanks) performing bio-banking activities on biological material and associated data from multicellular organisms for example human, animal, fungus, plant and microorganism used for research and development.
Biobanking is an untapped treasure and hub of opportunity. Accreditation of biobanks enhances confidence building in biobanking and simultaneously synchronizes data exchange among biobanks, researchers and other authorised parties.
Interested experts can mail their suggestions to RituKulshrestha, joint director, NABL Group Head –Medical Testing Labs at email address [email protected] or contact at 0124-4679756.
NABL is an accreditation body, with its accreditation system established in accordance with ISO/ IEC 17011. “Conformity Assessment –Requirements for Accreditation bodies accrediting conformity assessment bodies (CAB).”
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