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High-quality biospecimens are critical to supporting the development of new genomic- and proteomic-based cancer interventions. Recognizing the need to unify and standardize biospecimen resource procedures, the NCI published in June 2007 the NCI Best Practices for Biospecimen Resources (NCI Best Practices) , which outlines technical, operational, ethical, legal, and policy principles regarding the collection and use of biospecimens. Subsequently, a series of national forums on the NCI Best Practices was sponsored by the NCI Office of Biorepositories and Biospecimen Research to educate and obtain feedback from a broad range of perspectives on the NCI Best Practices, including those of investigators, physicians, industry representatives, hospital administrators, cancer survivors, patient advocates, and the general public.
For more information on the NCI Biospecimen Best Practices Forums, visit http://biospecimens.cancer.gov/practices/forum
Biospecimen best practices forums / NCI Office of Biorepositories.
Compton, Carolyn C. National Cancer Institute (U.S.). Office of Biorepositories.
(CIT): The availability of high-quality biospecimens, collected according to the highest ethical standards, is critical to supporting development of new genomic- and proteomic-based cancer interventions. Recognizing the need to unify and standardize biospecimen resource practices, the NCI will soon publish NCI Best Practices for Biospecimen Resources, which outlines the technical, operational, ethical, legal and policy best practices supporting the collection and use of biospecimens. NCI has initiated an education and outreach program targeted at the scientific and advocacy communities. These forums will provide information about the importance of best practices in guiding biospecimen use, the operational and ethical standards in the NCI Best Practices, and resources for achieving high-quality and accessible biospecimens.