The first of its kind, our Biorepository Accreditation program is designed to improve the quality and consistency of facilities that collect, process, store, and distribute biospecimens for research. Our accreditation checklists, cited as a reference for best practices by the National Cancer Institute, provide a blueprint of quality practices for your facility to follow. Drawing on the collective knowledge of our biobanking and biopreservation experts, we help your facility stay current.
Pioneering Biorepository Accreditation
Our program helps realize the promise of personalized medicine through discovery and translational research using high-quality biospecimens. Key program details include:
- Peer-based inspection model using inspectors with current experience in an active biorepository and qualified through a CAP Inspector training program.
- On-site inspections every three years using CAP Accreditation Checklists to assess compliance with program requirements.
- Facilities must receive, store, process, and/or disseminate biospecimens, their derivatives, and relevant data for research purposes.
- This program is not applicable for tissue stored for transplant purposes.
- The biorepository accreditation program is available only to biorepositories in the US and Canada
Biorepository Personnel Evaluation Roster Form
With input from CAP-accredited biorepositories, the new biorepository personnel evaluation roster form ensures you have the right personnel, performing the right types of functions in your biorepository. The form supports the new checklist requirement, GEN.83510: The biorepository personnel evaluation roster is current and accurate and is audited by the biorepository director or designee at least annually.
Facilities will be assessed for compliance with GEN.83510 beginning with on-site and interim self-inspections using the 2017 edition of the checklist. Evidence of compliance includes:
- Records of completed rosters accurately reflecting personnel and
- Records of annual audits performed by the biorepository director of designee
Find a CAP-Accredited Biorepository
Use our database to search for CAP-accredited biorepositories.
The Accreditation Cycle
The graphic below captures the inspection cycle for CAP-accredited biorepositories.