Last week, at the Annual Meeting of the International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories (ISBER) in Vancouver, Canada, a poster on the ISBER Proficiency Testing (PT) Program presented by IBBL Project Manager Francesca Poloni (PhD) won the ISBER Biobanking Poster Award 2012. This prize rewards a collaborative project between IBBL and ISBER, an international not-for-profit educational organisation that aims to harmonize evolving challenges associated with biobanking and repository organisation. The PT Program allows biorepositories performing quality control assays or characterisation of biospecimens to assess the accuracy of their testing and to compare their results with those obtained in other laboratories around the world. The program was launched in 2011 and was open to any type of laboratory or biorepository in the world. Several laboratories from Europe and the US have already participated in the first two schemes, ‘DNA Quantification and Purity’ and ‘RNA Integrity’, and the Program will be extended later this year to include the ‘Cell Viability’ and ‘Tissue Histology’ schemes.
For more information about the PT program, visit: https://www.ibbl.lu/ibbl-services/pt/