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Biobanking in the COVID-19 Era and Beyond: Part 2. A Set of Tool Implementation Case Studies



Clare M. Allocca, Emma Snapes, Monique Albert, Marianna J. Bledsoe, Marta Castelhano, Mieke DeWilde, Koh Furuta, Zisis Kozlakidis, Dunja Martin, Anabela Martins, Shannon McCall, Brent Schacter


The COVID-19 era has brought about a number of novel challenges for the global biobanking community. An array of diverse tools exists to support quality and fitness-for-purpose in biobank operations. The International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories (ISBER) COVID-19 tools (tools) Task Force has set out to identify needs and gaps in these tools and make recommendations for the next generation of available tools, having closely examined the COVID-19- related challenges. While conducting this work to examine the relationships between tools and biobank adaptability, a subgroup of the task force conducted a parallel effort to develop and analyze individual COVID-19 era case studies based on a number of operating biobanks. Each case study presents a different combination of implemented tools. Observations and lessons learned from these case studies are provided, and approaches to tool implementation are discussed. The knowledge gained from this study will be combined with other task force efforts to make recommendations to better position the biobanking community in their response to future emergencies.
Biopreservation and Biobanking


COVID-19, Conformity Assessment, Standards, Biobanking, Tools, Quality Management System


Allocca, C. , Snapes, E. , Albert, M. , Bledsoe, M. , Castelhano, M. , DeWilde, M. , Furuta, K. , Kozlakidis, Z. , Martin, D. , Martins, A. , McCall, S. and Schacter, B. (2021), Biobanking in the COVID-19 Era and Beyond: Part 2. A Set of Tool Implementation Case Studies, Biopreservation and Biobanking, [online], (Accessed April 18, 2024)
Created March 26, 2021, Updated April 6, 2021