The biobanks of the Valencian Biobank Network move towards excellence with accreditation according to the international standard ISO 20387

All biobanks in the RVB currently have a quality management system certified according to the ISO 9001:2015.

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The Valencian Biobanking Network (Red Valenciana de Biobancos, RVB) is an initiative of the Health of the Valencian Community, managed by FISABIO, whose mission is the coordination and cooperation of 9 authorized biobanks in the Region of Valencia. Among the institutions that host some of these biobanks are CIBER and FISABIO, AseBio partners.

The network, which is constituted as a platform to support research to strengthen biomedical research excellence in the Region of Valencia, has among its main objectives to coordinate the activities of the different biobanks and promote quality practices.

All biobanks in the RVB currently have a quality management system certified according to the ISO 9001:2015.
In 2018 the Standard ISO 20387 “General Requirements for Biobanks” was published aiming to reach an international standard that guarantees quality and excellence in biobank management. The standard specifies general requirements for the competence, impartiality and consistent operation of biobanks including quality control requirements to ensure biological material and data collections of appropriate quality.

In June 2022, one of the RVB biobanks, the FIVO (Fundación Instituto Valenciano de Oncología) Biobank, obtained ISO 20387 accreditation, becoming the first biobank to obtain it in Europe. 

Benefiting from the experience of FIVO Biobank, the RVB has set the objective of supporting the remaining biobanks integrated in the network in implementing the quality management system according to ISO 20387. 

The accreditation of all the biobanks in the RVB by the ISO 20387 will strengthen the confidence of both researchers and patients who donate their biological samples to medical research. 

Network member biobanks: Biobanco del Consorcio Hospitalario Provincial de Castellón, Biobanco FIVO, Biobanco Hospital General Universitario de Elche, Biobanco Hospital General de Valencia, Biobanco IBSP-CV, Biobanco INCLIVA, Biobanco ISABIAL, Biobanco de la Red de trastornos adictivos, CIBERER Biobank.