EGRP News Flash - November 17, 2011

Newly Updated NCI Best Practices for Biospecimen Resources Available, 2012 Synopsium Announced

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has released an updated NCI Best Practices for Biospecimen Resources, and has announced the 2012 Biospecimen Research Network (BRN) Symposium: Advancing Cancer Research Through Biospecimen Science, to be held February 22-23, 2012.

The Publication

Originally released in 2007, NCI Best Practices for Biospecimen Resources identifies guiding principles defining state-of-the-science practices for biospecimen resources, promoting biospecimen and data quality, and supporting adherence to ethical and legal principles. The newly updated version incorporates more current and detailed recommendations, and responds to comments received from community stakeholders.

Major revisions include:

  • An interactive online format that allows greater flexibility and access to the information,
  • New sections on conflicts of interest and the management and operation of biospecimen resources,
  • Expanded recommendations related to custodianship and informed consent,
  • Harmonization with current Federal guidance documents and international biospecimen organizations, and
  • Updated references throughout.

As with the 2007 release, the updated version of NCI Best Practices underwent scrutiny by experts within NCI and throughout the National Institutes of Health (NIH). A draft version of the revised document was posted online for public comment, and all the input received was considered in the final version of the document.

Download NCI Best Practices for Biospecimen Resources (2011 Revised NCI Best Practices)External Web Site Policy from NCI's Office of Biorepositories and Biospecimen Research (OBBR) Web site.

Also view EGRP's Biospecimen Resources for Population Scientists.

The Symposium

OBBR's 2012 Biospecimen Research Network (BRN) Symposium: Advancing Cancer Research Through Biospecimen Science will be held February 22-23, 2012, at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, Bethesda, MD. Registration closes January 25, 2012. Abstract submissions are due by January 11, 2012. Learn more about the BRN Symposium and registerExternal Web Site Policy.

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