BBMRI-ERIC

 

BBMRI-ERIC shall establish, operate and develop a pan-European distributed research infrastructure of biobanks and biomolecular resources in order to facilitate the access to resources as well as facilities and to support high quality biomolecular and medical research. BBMRI-ERIC operates on a non-economic basis. The activities of BBMRI-ERIC shall be politically neutral and guided by the following values: pan-European in scope, combined with scientific excellence, transparency, openness, responsiveness, ethical awareness, legal compliance and human values.

 

BBMRI-ERIC is set up as a distributed research infrastructure in most, if not all European Member States. BBMRI-ERIC consists of 19 Member States and one International Organisation, making it one of the largest research infrastructures in Europe. The BBMRI-ERIC members are Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. The observers are Cyprus, Switzerland, Turkey and IARC/WHO.

 

In 2008, BBMRI was one of the first projects entering the European Research Infrastructure Preparatory Phase of the ESFRI roadmap funded by the European Commission (GA 212111), lasting for 3 years until January 2011. At this time, BBMRI has grown into a 54-member consortium with more than 225 associated organisations (largely biobanks) from over 30 countries

 

This specific legal form is designed to facilitate the joint establishment and operation of research infrastructures of European interest and allows pulling together biobanks and biomolecular resources into a pan-European facility and providing access to collections of partner biobanks and biomolecular resources, their expertise and services on a non-economic basis.

 

The BBMRI-ERIC will support harmonization and sharing of biomarker data and metadata for increased reproducibility and fitness for purpose, establishment and use of existing standards, joint development of relevant new standards to facilitate linkages of date on environment exposures with data on health. It will also provide tools to make the collections of the data and biological material findable (using BBMRI-ERIC Directory) and tools to request and negotiate access (using BBMRI- ERIC Negotiator) for a variety of users in line with the FAIR- Health principles.

 

This project will strengthen the Czech national BBMRI node (www.BBMRI.cz) by improved networking between clinical biobanks and epidemiological biobanks and  research projects, and enhance an impact of BBMRI- ERIC in the Central and Eastern European region.