Table 1

Tasks in biobanking.

Block 1: Prebanking data
Clinical data from general practice
Questionnaire and survey
Imaging
Histopathology and cytology
Serological tests
Communication, information to donors, and informed consent
Recording, processing, and data management (for example, LIMS)
Storage and updating clinical data
Data release
Monitoring, audit
Others
Block 2: Collection of biological specimens
Collection
Accrual
Processing of samples
Storage
Distribution and transport
Dispatch management
Quality control
Monitoring/audit
Others
Block 3: Collection of data related to biological specimens
Recording, storage, and data management
Data analysis and linking with samples
Quality control and computer-system engineering
Dispatch management
Monitoring, audit
Others
Block 4: Expertise
Project management, advisory, and study design
Recruitment
Data generation
Data analysis and statistics
SOPs and support
Processing
Storage
Quality management, certification and accreditation, audit
Education and training
Communication and public engagement
Others
Block 5: Administration and management
Financial and administrative management
Scientific management and strategy
Loads and running charges
Maintenance of equipment and consumables
Internal R&D
Investments
Ethics and regulatory issues
Partnership development, business development, contracts, networking
Others

Abbreviations: LIMS, Laboratory Information Management System; SOPs, Standard Operating Procedures.