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Information for researches: conditions and service portfolio

According to Spanish law, the CNIO Biobank is a non-profit institution. The costs charged are only for processing material and storage, as well as for general management. The biological sample as such is free of cost.

As a general rule, Biobank samples do not include infectious or contagious material. However, working with human samples involves potential risk; therefore, researchers must follow the strict recommendations given in the CNIO and Biobank biosecurity document. The Biobank is not responsible for the potential unknown infectivity or lack of sterility of the material supplied.

The principal investigator assumes full responsibility for the information and training of the team involved in the project regarding the dangers and safety procedures to be followed when handling human tissues.

The CNIO is not responsible for any damage arising from the transport or handling of the material once it has been sent.

All material of human origin is provided for the sole purpose of its use in a specific research project and must be subject to common ethical and legal frameworks. It is expressly forbidden to supply biological samples to third parties without the proper authorisation from the Biobank as well as the Centre.

Researchers are responsible for the proper preservation of the samples and maintenance of their traceability.

The researcher, as signed in the perceptive MTA, is asked to give credit to the source of the samples served by the CNIO Biobank in every potential publication produced with this material, and must therefore, send a copy of the publication to the Biobank. Annually, the researcher is obliged to send a report of the samples used to the Biobank.

The Biobank is committed to deliver the material according to the agreed conditions and within the time established, as well as to provide anonymous information about the origin of the sample (age, gender and accurate pathological diagnosis). Obtaining clinical information associated with the samples cannot be guaranteed by the Biobank; this depends on the degree of collaboration that is reached with the clinicians in charge of each case.

Applications for material are subject to oversight by our institution´s Ethics and Scientific Committees, thus, requests will require a summary of the research project justification including the type, number and amount of sample required.

Pursuant to the provisions of Law 14/2007 on Biomedical Research, the Biobank will assign the minimum amount of tissue that is required for the investigator to achieve the objectives proposed in the research project for which the samples are requested.

The terms of this assignment shall be stated in the corresponding "Material Transfer Agreement" (MTA).

NOTE: Any request, once complete (including the application form and project details) must be submitted for evaluation to both Ethical and Scientific Committees (in accordance with Royal Decree 1716/2011). The Biobank can only process requests that have been given a positive assessment by both committees.

Due to the nature of our Biobank, it is possible that many requests may have to be processed via external Biobanks. This could reflect an additional cost and delay in the entire process.