The Central Biorepository complies with federal regulations and other applicable standards and operates under approval from the UMMS Institutional Review Boards (IRBMED). Our IRB-approved program sets standards and processes to provide regulatory support and guidelines for all Central Biorepository users-- those depositing new materials and those requesting existing materials.
Central Biorepository donors give broad consent for future use and distribution of biospecimens and data after reviewing the Central Biorepository Information sheet and signing the consent form below:
Certificate of Confidentiality
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has issued the Central Biorepository a Certificate of Confidentiality for the protection of individual-level data that would identify research participants. The certificate applies to all data associated with or derived from biospecimens collected under the Central Biorepository, and is available for use by all investigators doing research with these data.
Central Biorepository policies are established by the Governance Committee. Policies encourage use of the Central Biorepository and collaboration among University of Michigan investigators while ensuring that all research using our resources meets the highest ethical, regulatory, and scientific standards.
Representatives from programs that contributing biospecimens play a decision-making role in determining appropriate secondary uses of Central Biorepository biospecimens. Here is our full list of policies to review:
- Acknowledgement and Authorship Policy
- Institutional Review Board Oversight Policy
- Use and Distribution of Biospecimens and Data Policy
- Establishment of New Biospecimen Collections Policy
- Consent and HIPAA Privacy Rule Authorization Policy
- Privacy and Confidentiality Protections for Individual-Level Data Policy
The Governance Committee is comprised of the following stakeholders:
- Biorepository Director (ex officio)
- Senior Associate Dean for Research (ex officio)
- Associate Dean for Regulatory Affairs (ex officio)
- Associate Dean for Clinical and Translational Research and Director of MICHR (ex officio)
- Associate Vice President for Research – Research Policy and Compliance (ex officio)
- Several rotating faculty-at-large
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The Michigan Genomics Initiative (MGI) is a collaborative research effort among physicians and researchers at the University of Michigan with the goal of harmonizing patient electronic medical records with genetic data to gain novel biomedical insights. Here are two policies to view:
- Precision Health at the University of Michigan Policy on Access to Genomic, Health, and Summary Data, Biospecimens, and Re-contact of Research Participants Enrolled in the Michigan Genomics Initiative
- Michigan Genomics Initiative Acknowledgement and Authorship Policy
Sharing with Industry
CLICK HERE to view the new University of Michigan Policy for the Transfer of Human Data & Biospecimens to Industry and Non-Academic and Non-Governmental Entities. (U-M level 1 authentication is required to view this policy in Research A-Z.)
When individual-level patient/participant data or biospecimens are to be transferred to an external for-profit organization, please download and complete the Data & Biospecimen Sharing Checklist and submit to OoR-DataRelease-All@med.umich.edu. The Data Office will then follow up to assist with your request for approval from the Medical School Human Data & Biospecimen Release Committee. The following are required for a successful request for data or biospecimen sharing with industry:
- Review and approval by the Medical School Human Data & Biospecimen Release Committee and the Dean of the Medical School prior to requesting that the appropriate central unit(s) negotiate an agreement.
- Data Sharing Agreement with the external organization.
- Unfunded Agreement in the eResearch Proposal Management System.
Get more information about this new policy on the Data Office website.