The CNIO Biobank is a cross-service platform for CNIO researchers, as well as the general scientific community, and is geared towards the promotion of biomedical research in cancer and related diseases. The CNIO Biobank facilitates access to human samples for researchers, ensuring that both the acquisition and use of human samples complies with all the legal and ethical principles that protect donors’ rights.
The CNIO Biobank is, as defined by the Spanish Law 14/2007 on Biomedical Research and the Royal Decree RD 1716/2011, a “Biobank for biomedical research purposes”. It is therefore defined as a public, non-profit organisation that hosts several collections of human biological samples for biomedical research. The Biobank is organised as a technical unit with strict criteria for quality, order and purpose, regardless of whether it hosts other collections of biological samples for different purposes. Samples and their associated information are collected in compliance with Spanish legislation and international recommendations; all of this is consistent with quality criteria for sample collection and its subsequent management.
The Biobank has been authorised by the Health Authorities of the Community of Madrid – in accordance with the regulation established by RD1716/2011 – and is registered in the National Registry of Biobanks with reference B.000848.