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Strategic meeting biobanking in Europe - “Optimising the use of population and patient cohorts”

Biobanking and Biomolecular Resources Research Infrastructure (BBMRI) is one of the infrastructure projects that has been approved by the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) and set on the first ESFRI roadmap (ESFRI, 2006). BBMRI was officially awarded the Community legal framework for a European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) on December 3rd, 2013. The ERIC status allows pulling together biobanks and biomolecular resources into a pan-European facility and providing access to collections of partner biobanks and biomolecular resources, their expertise and services on a non-economic basis.

 

THE MISSION

BBMRI-ERIC will increase efficacy and excellence of European bio-medical research by facilitating access to quality-defined human health/disease-relevant biological resourced through

•the inclusion of associated data in an efficient and ethically and legally compliant manner;

•by reducing the fragmentation of the bio-medical research landscape through harmonisation of procedures, implementation of common standards and fostering high-level collaboration; and

•by capacity-building in countries with less developed biobanking communities thereby contributing to Europe's cohesion policy and strengthening the ERA.

 

Key components of BBMRI-ERIC