Biosample Buzz; June 2015
As part of PCORnet, task forces were established to support and disseminate best practices. The goal of the Biorepository Task Force is to develop and foster systematic approaches that support a regulatory-compliant, comprehensive, and sustainable Network-wide approach to biorepositories to serve PCORnet research endeavors. The task force includes over 40 members, representing all CDRNs and PPRNs and a patient representative. The Biobank Sustainability work stream recently produced a guidance document addressing biobanking sustainability, and an Informed Consent guidance is currently under review by PCORI. Other work streams include Informed Consent, Biorepository Operations & Logistics, Biospecimen Annotation & Data Transfer, and Governance & Collaborations.