GUIDE: ISBER Best Practices: Recommendations for Repositories, Fourth Edition

The ISBER Best Practices: Recommendations for Repositories Fourth Edition, released on 31 January 2018, presents the most effective practices for the management of biological and environmental specimen collections and repositories.

Biorepository managers, technicians and researchers can take advantage of the ISBER Best Practices to improve specimen collection, storage, use and governance based on evidence-based practices established by the global repository community.  The Best Practices will lead towards increased specimen quality from collection to discovery.

The ISBER Best Practices can be downloaded here:

The ISBER Best Practices is currently available in English, Japanese and Russian. Further translations are in progress: Korean, French, Spanish. You may submit a request for additional translation. To submit a request for more translations and for more information, visit

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About the International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories

ISBER ( is the only global forum that addresses harmonization of scientific, technical, legal, and ethical issues relevant to repositories of biological and environmental specimens.

ISBER fosters collaboration; creates education and training opportunities; provides a forum for the dissemination of state-of-the-art policies, processes, and research findings; and provides an international showcase for innovative technologies, products, and services. Together, these activities promote best practices that cut across the broad range of repositories that ISBER serves.

Biobanking and Biopreservation is the official journal of ISBER.  To access the journal please visit:

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