What is a biobank?
Samples for clinical studies and diagnostic purposes have been collected throughout the history of medicine. Methods for collecting samples and consent practices have varied greatly, depending on the legislation and policies of each period. The difference between traditional sample collections and the new biobank concept is that samples collected in a biobank can be used for a variety of future research needs, not just for a defined specific research purpose.
Biobanks are composed of samples and information
In addition to biological samples, appropriate sample and donor-related information is also collected with the donor’s permission. Information has been collected, for example, by questionnaires, during sampling, in the context of a medical examination, or during hospitalization. The data is stored in accordance with proper data processing and management practices, as defined by law.