What is it? Why is it important?

The services of the Swiss Biobanking Platform (SBP) are based on three pillars


1. Quality services (SQAN), where the SBP:

  • Provides standardised supporting documents for the set-up of a biobank (e.g. biobanking governance, SOPs, records and forms)
  • Awards biobanking quality certificates (SBP Labels). Through an application procedure, biobank owners can apply for applicable Quality-Labels (QL). QLs confirm compliance with a minimal set of quality requirements


2. Visibility (SBP NExT), where SBP manages:

  • An online platform operating like a biobank directory (e.g. called NExT). Here researchers can interconnect and gain access to BM and its affiliated data


3. Interoperability (SBP BIMS), where SPB provides users with:

  • A Biobank Information System (BIMS). Data is documented in a standardized manner making it increasingly comparable and searchable. Standardizing data and its documentation will facilitate the exchange of BM between researchers and promote its use

What do I need to do?

Take the opportunity to visit the SBP website and learn more about its proposed services. In addition, you can attend SBP training courses with the aim to improve and harmonize key biobanking activities.


Sign up for the SBP newsletter to receive information on:

  • New releases regarding supporting documents, services and biobanking tools
  • The current biobanking network and its members
  • Planed and upcoming biobanking events

Where can I get help?

Your local CTU can support you with experienced staff regarding this topic

The Swiss Biobanking Platform (SBP) can provide you with support on this topic - see in particular

  • SBP NExT: Visibility with a national network of Swiss biobanks
  • SBP Labels: Quality with biobanking best practice standards
  • SBP BIMS: Interoperability to promote exchange and use of BM

SBP Documents

SOPs, Forms and Templates – see in particular

  • Core dataset for liquid
  • Core dataset for tissue
  • BIMS – Biobank Information Management System
  • MTA – Material Transfer Agreement
  • QL – Quality Labels
  • SBP – Swiss Biobanking Platform
  • SBP NExT – Swiss Biobanking Platform Network Exploration Tool
  • SBP-SQAN – Swiss Biobanking Platform -Biobank Solution for Quality Assessment and Normalization
  • SOP – Standard Operating Procedure
  • SQAN – Biobank Solution for Quality Assessment and Normalization
Basic ↦ Biobanking ↦ Swiss Biobanking Platform ↦ Services

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Ends after having assessed and evaluated study feasibility

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Ends after having received ethics and regulatory approval

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Starts with ethics and regulatory approval

Ends after successful study initiation

Set-Up Ethics and Laws
Set-Up Quality and Risk
Set-Up Drug or Device

Starts with participant recruitment

Ends after the last participant has completed the last study visit

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Starts with last study visit completed

Ends after study publication and archiving

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