GUIDE: Common Minimum Technical Standards and Protocols for Biobanks Dedicated to Cancer Research

IARC Technical Publication No. 44

Authors: Maimuna Mendy, Elodie Caboux, Rita T. Lawlor, Jessica Wright, and Christopher P. Wild

This book includes:

      • Guidelines and recommendations for biobanks not only in high-income countries but also in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). The recommendations are based on validated and/or evidence-based guidelines.
      • Sections on sample sharing, ethical, legal, and social issues (ELSI), and harmonization guidelines important to support collaborative research efforts that make use of biological materials.

The section on open access deals with the principles of sharing and provides recommendations for biobanks in relation to sample and data sharing, which is key to establishing research collaboration. The section on governance provides guidelines on governance structures and standard templates for biobanks for a transparent and effective running of the facilities.

To order the print book or print a PDF version, visit the IARC website.

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