What you need to know

Storing and accessing samples

The NSW Health Statewide Biobank offers a range of service options for researchers to store and access stored biospecimens samples of external collections.

Storage options and costs

Costs vary depending on the research partners’ requirements, but all are based on a cost recovery model to ensure long-term viability of the biobank. A breakdown of the costings is included on this service models and costs fact sheet, as well as some scenarios.

For further information on storage options, access to samples and costs please contact us.

Operating procedures

High-quality standard operating procedures ensure researchers can trust each sample has been treated in accordance with best practice international biobanking standards.

Streamlined workflows allow for fast, efficient handling of a variety of sample types – including those processed externally, fresh liquid samples (such as blood, urine and saliva) and fresh and fixed solid samples (such as tissues).

NSW Health Pathology staff are on-site to manage the facility during normal working hours from Monday to Friday. If access to samples is required outside of these times, we can assess your needs on a case-by-case basis.

Round-the-clock monitoring of the facility will also ensure immediate response to emergencies such as power or compressor failures. This will ensure optimal conditions for sample storage can be maintained and will also help minimise the possibility of damage or loss.

Sample custodianship

Legacy collections

Custodianship of the samples from legacy collections and associated data will be in line with the Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) approval for the specific study. Custodianship typically resides with the study investigators. Decisions regarding use of the samples will be made by the investigators on a case-by-case basis.

New Projects

Custodianship of samples for new research projects and associated data will be in line with HREC approval for the project. As with existing collections, custodianship of the samples resides with the study investigators.

NSWHSB Custodianship

The NSW Health Statewide Biobank can provide support with custodianship and/or joint custodianship if required by the study investigators.  

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