Andres METSPALU - BIOBANQUES May 19, 2016
Biobanking National Infrastructure Meeting
Quality matters: Improving the quality of biological resources
Session 4: Quality control in Biobanks
Phenotypes and samples in the Estonian Biobank: ensuring the quality and control.
The presentation is an overview of how was the Estonian Biobank designed in order to ensure the quality of the data collection, sample handling and quality control. Several specific steps were taken to achieve the maximum quality. First, due to the fact that we used the primary care providers and physicians and senior nurses in hospitals as recruitment personnel, we had to standardize everything and use the computer-assisted questionnaire. Second, special monitoring unit was set up at the biobank to oversee the incoming questionnaires and diagnoses were validated using the different eHealth databases, like EMR and eHealth database, hospital databases and national registries. Thirdly, LIMS system was developed for the sample handling and CSPro quality standard was obtained for the genotyping/sequencing facility. Finally ISO 9001:2008 quality management systems have been in place from the beginning. At the end I’ll give few examples how the quality really matters.
WEDNESDAY MAY 18, 2016