BBMRI-ERIC (Biobanking and BioMolecular resources Research and Infrastructure – European Research Infrastructure Consortium) is set up as a distributed research infrastructure and consists of 19 Member States and one International Organisation (as of 31 August 2016), making it one of the largest research infrastructures in Europe.
BBMRI-ERIC shall establish, operate and develop a pan-European distributed research infrastructure of biobanks and biomolecular resources in order to facilitate the access to resources as well as facilities and to support high quality biomolecular and medical research. BBMRI-ERIC operates on a non-economic basis.
Members and Observers of BBMRI-ERIC
With 19 Member States and 1 International Organisation BBMRI-ERIC is one of the largest research infrastructures for health research in Europe (as of 31 August 2016).
Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, UK
Cyprus, Poland, Switzerland, Turkey, IARC/WHO
Biobanking and Biomolecular Resources Research Infrastructure – Large Prospective Cohorts (BBMRI-LPC) is one of the largest biobanking networks in Europe aiming to facilitate scientists’ access to large prospective study sets on human health and disease. As multinational research projects are often complicated by sample and data sharing difficulties due to limited resources, as well as by country specific legal and ethical procedures, BBMRI-LPC is set to help. By improving harmonization, providing solutions for transnational access and networking, BBMRI-LPC will increase the utilization of large sample collections in research on human health.
Biobank Collaboration of Nordic BBMRI-National Nodes
The Nordic BioBanking and Molecular Research Infrastructure is a collaborative network between national BBMRI-nodes and biobanking infrastructures in the Nordic countries. These collaborators include Sweden, which also acts as a host for this collaboration, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, the Faroe Islands and Estonia. The Nordic network wishes to contribute Nordic expertise to developing the European biobank co-operation under BBMRI-ERIC.
The Nordic collaboration aims achieving the following objectives:
- Exchange of experiences for faster development of techniques and procedures, including data protection and sample coding.
- Harmonisation of processes on an Nordic level, enabling effective international studies in which data and samples from many Nordic countries are collected and integrated.
- Suggest common Nordic standards, formats and best practices which can influence European standards, and which are optimal for Nordic healthcare research.