Our Quality Management System has been developed to be consistent with NCI and ISBER best practices for repositories and the requirements of ISO 9001 and ISO 17025. Resident pathologists histologically examine each tissue specimen and subsequent H&E staining provides additional verification that banked samples match the primary diagnostic material. Samples are also analysed for percentage of tumour. With biospecimens being supplied from multiple sites, monitoring to ensure uniform high quality samples is even more important. All specimens are stored in temperature monitored (24hrs) facilities.
Skilled, qualified scientists are trained using the same SOPs at all sites and regular auditing and quality checks ensure compliance. In addition, a voluntary Inter-Biobank Visits Scheme has been implemented to support staff with interpreting the SOPs in the same manner.