Disposition of Biospecimens & Data

Distributed Biospecimens

Specific biospecimen volumes to be released are typically what is needed to perform the requested analysis. Residual biospecimens remaining after completion of testing or termination of the study are to be managed in accordance with the specific MUA. Data generated from the testing of the biospecimens are to be managed in accordance with the specific MUA, Group-specific policy, and NIH/NCI policy.

Returning Unused Biospecimens to the Biorepository

Biospecimens should be maintained at appropriate shipping temperatures. Unused biospecimens and derivatives may be returned to the NCTN Bank(s) according to their policies and in accordance with the specific MUA or Group-specific policy. Returned biospecimens will be annotated in the respective databases to indicate the biospecimens left the NCTN Bank custody.

Recordkeeping of Biospecimen Distribution

The appropriate tracking of biospecimen use, distribution, and depletion is required by each NCTN Bank.

User Feedback

Feedback about users’ experience with the NCTN Banks is welcome and suggestions for improvement will be seriously considered by the NCTN Banks to improve performance and to maintain the quality of biospecimens.