Regulatory & Governance

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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.    

Informed Consent

Central Biorepository donors give broad consent for future use and distribution of biological specimens and data after reviewing the Central Biorepository Information sheet and signing the consent form below:

These documents were developed in collaboration with IRBMEDUMHS Compliance, and other experts across campus, and should be included in the IRB application for the study.

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.



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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:

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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Contact us at or (734) 647-8809 

North Campus Research Complex, Building 60-1660, 2800 Plymouth Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

A list of Central Biorepository contacts is available in the Personnel Directory