Understanding ISO 20387:2018 General Requirements for Biobanking (MS 180)

During this course, the participant will gain an understanding of ISO 20387 through discussion, evaluation and practical application of the requirements for competent biobank operation and provision of quality biological material/associated data for research and development purposes.


None, however familiarity with biobanking practices is recommended.

Learning Outcomes

 During this training event, the participant will:

  1. Identify:
    • Types of biobanking activities
    • “Keywords” leading to a document, record, or action
    • Risks to data management
    • Quality management system components
  2. Discuss:
    • Key terms
    • Types of governance bodies
    • Biobanking funding strategies
    • Critical equipment
    • Validation and verification
    • Process requirements
  3. Evaluate:
    • Competence & training requirements
    • Criteria for internal and external biobanking products & services
    • Life cycle workflow
    • Metrological traceability
  4. Practice:
  • A vertical audit on various biobanking activities (collection, reception, distribution, transport, traceability, preparation, storage, quality control)

CEUs Awarded

2.1 CEUs


A legal, authorized copy of the ISO 20387 standard will be provided to each participant.

Includes graded exam at end of course, which requires a passing score of 70%.



January 28, 2020 – January 30, 2020
5202 Presidents Ct.
Frederick, MD 21703
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

April 29, 2020 – May 1, 2020
Chantilly, VA
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

September 28, 2020 – September 30, 2020
Boston, MA
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

PLEASE NOTE: Registration for public training courses will close 7 days prior to the start date.
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