About This Page
The establishment and efficient running of a bio-repository requires ethical, legal and social consideration which can be overwhelming. In addition to all of these considerations effectively managing cost and availability of resources such as liquid nitrogen and dry-ice is vital. Ethical debates particularly in Low-to-Medium-Income-Countries (LMIC) are important but complex. Fear of exploitation is a reality and an important discussion point when considering establishing a Bio-respository no matter what the size. In addition to effective infrastructural planning it is very important to develop an agreed on governance framework at an international level that takes into consideration all aspects of equity, fairness and justice. Collaboration between counties in regions is an important consideration to deal with cost.
We hope this site will be able to provide some guideline on establishing a bio-respository that takes into consideration all these important issues and also stimulate discussion that can help guide implementation. We will refer to established guidelines and artciles to help build capacity in understanding the requirements for bio-repositories.
This site aims to:
- Explore the value of Bio-Repository in Low to Medium Income Countries (LMIC)
- Provide guideline to developing a Bio-Repository
- Explore the regulations linked to operating a Bio-Repository
- Identify existing Bio-Repositories in LMIC
- Stimulate discussions about concerns, value and cost of opperating Bio-Repositories in LMIC