The United Kingdom Accreditation Service is proposing to establish a project to develop accreditation for Biobanks to ISO 20387:2018 - Biotechnology — Biobanking — General requirements for biobanking.
This standard specifies general requirements for the competence, impartiality and consistent operation of biobanks including quality control requirements to ensure that biological material and data collections are produced and maintained appropriately. This standard is applicable to all organisations performing biobanking, including biobanking of biological material from multicellular organisms (e.g. human, animal, fungus and plant) and microorganisms for research and development. It does not apply to biological material intended for food/feed production, laboratories undertaking analysis for food/feed production, and/or therapeutic use.
UKAS intends to run a pilot programme and is inviting expressions of interest from organisations that wish to seek accreditation for this activity. We envisage that there will potentially be a broad range of different types of biobanking facilities that express an interest. Therefore, the expressions will be reviewed after the closing date and the best way forward agreed. This may mean that a phased approach for the pilot project is required depending on interest levels and type of biobanking performed.
UKAS issued an Expression of Interest notice in April 2019 and asked for any other interested parties such a stakeholders or experts who would be interested in being involved in this project as part of the steering and technical group, or in assisting in the development and assessment process.
In December and January UKAS hosted webinars for interested parties and can be viewed here.
UKAS has also hosted two successful meetings of the Biobanking Accreditation Steering Group with membership varied across the sector to give a great insight into the Biobanks as the project progresses.
UKAS held an expression of interest meeting on 18th May to discuss the requirements of the pilot assessment programme and for pilot applicants to submit an application before 1st July 2020.
For further information on this project please contact Emily.Robinson@ukas.com