What you need to know

Information for biobankers

The NSWHSB is part of a statewide biobanking framework designed to ensure NSW has a world-class, sustainable approach to managing human biobanks and the specimens they house.

This statewide framework aims to:

  • improve the way biobanking services across NSW are managed and utilised
  • support better integration between research, diagnostics and clinical care, and
  • enable high quality, interoperable biospecimen collections that let us work together to find new or better treatments for illness and disease.

We’re here to help by supporting the NSW biobanking community with a wide range of educational, operational, research and best practice tools for researchers and biobankers who collect, store, study or provide access to human biospecimens.

NSW Biobank Certification Program

Developed by biobank experts for biobanks and adapted to meet our unique and specific national setting, the Biobank Certification Program aims to improve and harmonise biobanking standards through education and communication of best practices and standard operating procedures (SOPs).

NSW Health Consent Toolkit

The NSW Health Consent Toolkit offers a standardised, best practice approach to broad-based, ethical and truly informed consent. It includes a range of plain English Participant Consent Materials to help support and guide conversations with patients and participants.

Biobank Information Management System (BIMS)

NSWHSB is implementing LabVantage, a Biobank Information Management System (BIMS) that conforms to all relevant standards for privacy and security. It will provide a centralised system to store richly annotated specimen data across multiple locations and in separate secure partitions. We want to make this world-class system available to other biobanks, researchers and custodians across NSW and are now calling for expressions of interest from those interested in using the BIMS.

Standard procedures and agreements

The NSWHSB has developed high-quality standard operating procedures that align with best practice international biobanking standards. We also have standard and Material Transfer Agreements.

NSW Biobank support and collaboration

The NSWHSB brings together a community of researchers and biobanking professionals who are committed to strengthening research partnerships and networks across NSW and beyond. We can support our partners with advice and assistance from biobanking and clinical research specialists and invite you to:

We also offer integrated collection through 300+ collection centres of NSW Health Pathology, to enable projects and collaboration throughout NSW. 

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