Nagoya Protocol for ‘Collection Holders’, Brussels 6 July 2017

Our Collections Officer, Samantha Law, has attended a number of workshops regarding the guidance documents under the EU Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) Regulation implementing the Nagoya Protocol (Regulation (EU) No 511/2014).  Of particular interest was the ‘Collection Holders’ workshop held in Brussels on the 6 July 2017, where a number of ECCO members were present.

During this workshop, a preliminary draft version of the guidance document for Collection Holders that have been drafted by the GDG was presented to an audience of about 50 participants (competent authorities, national and European experts, and national and European stakeholders). Those present were able to give feedback about this document at the time.  After the workshop, Samantha also collated feedback from ECCO members and reported this back to the consultants.  She will keep everyone informed of any updates regarding this.

Version 2.4 Draft – 26 June 2017 of the “Guidance Document for Collection Holders” can be downloaded through this link.

CABI ‘Preserving, storing and maintaining microorganisms’ training course (12-14th September 2017)

CABI announces training course in preserving, storing and maintaining microorganisms 12-14 September 2017

CABI is pleased to offer a three-day training course in Preserving, storing and maintaining microorganisms (12-14th September 2017). Presented by staff from CABI, this course will be of interest to everyone involved in the handling, distribution and storage of microorganisms. The training covers all aspects of culture preservation, maintenance and culture collection management and complies with the quality standards set by the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development) for best practice with biological resource collections. CABI has substantial expertise in the preservation and maintenance of cultures of bacteria and fungi and a long history in training scientists, technicians and students from around the world. The course will be based at CABI, Bakeham Lane, Egham, Surrey, TW20 9TY, UK.


For full details and to apply online, please visit our website:

European Middle Eastern & African Society for Biopreservation & Biobanking Conference and Public Lectures (London)

These public lectures on Friday 2nd October are part of the ESBB conference on Biobanking for environment, nature and clinical medicine at London Olympia & the Royal Geographical Society. The conference will feature a wide variety of fascinating content from across the biobanking spectrum.  There will be sessions on Cryobiology, Biobanking for Metabolomics and Proteomics, ‘Big Data’, Environmental Biobanking, Biobank Assessment, Biobanking Education and ELSI in Biobanking. There will be contributed paper sessions where talks are selected from submitted abstracts as well as poster viewing and discussion sessions, with prizes for the best posters.
At the conference exhibition, vendors from around the world will demonstrate the latest products, services, and technology in the field of repository and specimen collection. In addition, there will be commercial workshops, and the “Mission Possible” vendor-guided practical sessions.



1) Ownership and access to personal (genetic) information in future healthcare.

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(2) Brave New World of Stem Cell Banking and Technology for Environment, Nature and Human Health

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The public lecture sessions run in parallel from 13:30 to 17:00. Each one contains lectures by 3 excellent speakers, followed by public discussion for over 1 hour. Admission for members of the general public is FREE!