Biomaterial samples can be requested from the BioBank Bonn using a form. A distinction must be made as to whether the samples have already been collected as part of a specific study and, thus, an ethical vote has already been obtained, or whether prospectively collected samples are to be used in a new study. For the latter, the BioBank must be presented with an approval from the ethics committee for the (first) query in the context of the specified study or a written confirmation that this is not required for the project described.
In principle, access to the samples are only issued to the collectors, who have the right to veto the further distribution of the samples they have collected. If third parties are interested in using the samples, the BioBank Bonn needs to obtain written consent of the collector confirming that the third part is allowed to receive the samples and the extent of the respective samples they are allowed to receive. This can be done, for example, in the form of an email. Otherwise, the samples will not be given out.
- Existing positive ethics vote (already at the beginning of a specific study or afterwards in the case of prospective collections), if required for the project?
- Written consent of the collector, if the samples are from third parties.
- Inquiry form completed.
Please note: Publications that have made use of samples or data from the BioBank Bonn must indicate this in the acknowledgments or in another suitable manner.