Central Biobank Erasmus MC

The Central Biobanking facility at the Erasmus MC facilitates excellent scientific research using biomaterials. The facility allows researchers to collect, store and manage their human biomaterials in an efficient and standardized way, compliant with all current regulations and ethical standards.

The Central Biobank was founded in 2019 and the number of collections is growing. The collections range from a few samples to millions of samples per collection and a large variety of materials. We have ‘de novo’ collections as well as ‘further use’ collections which consist of materials initially stored for diagnostic purposes.

Key facts

Name of the connected EIT Health partner: Erasmus MC
Number of individuals: ~200.000
Biobank confirmed willingness to provide samples/data for EIT Health studies: Yes, depending of the collection
Contact person(s) and contact data
(e-mail address, tel. no) for access purposes:
Hilde Brouwers – da Silva,, +31650155498
Number of samples:
Sample type: Mother’s milk, Tissue, Whole blood, Buffy Coat, Plasma, Serum, Liquor, Urine, Saliva, Faeces, DNA, RNA, Questionnaire data, Interview data, Imaging data, Clinical data, Phenotypic data, Genomics

General information

Type of biobank: Biobanking infrastructure (centralized infrastructure within an institute hosting multiple collections)
If longitudinal the frequency:
Link to central portal to seek samples and data:
Broad consent: No
Option to recall donors: No
Option to recall family members: No

Biobank access procedure:

Major terms for access: Samples are only available after approval by, and mostly also collaboration with, the principal investigator of the collection.
Ethical and legal compliance: After approval by the principal investigator there should be approval by an ethical review committee (depending on the collection) and a material transfer agreement should be signed.
Speed and reliability of delivery:
Pricing: Depending on the collection

Quality management system:

Storage: Operational document and Sample and data storage document
Compliance with international standards:
Current ISO certificates: No ISO certification yet. Collection points (Clinical Chemistry and Tissue Bank of Pathology are ISO 15189)


Clinical data linked to samples:
Data standards: Not available.
Data security rules: Not available.

Biobank related service:

Research support, what type of expertise?: We work closely together with collections points for standardized, professional collection of materials (Clinical Chemistry, Pathology, Genomics).
Core facility services; what type? Link?:
Queries from national health registers:
Links to the model contract and MTA:


IP rules, what is negotiable?:
Requirements to study results (access etc.):
Participant’s right to the information:
Number of access contracts with industry:

COVID-19 samples:

Access to biological samples from patients with COVID-19?

  • Serum
  • Full blood (for RNA extraction)
  • EDTA-Full blood (for DNA extraction)
  • EDTA-Plasma
  • Citrate-Plasma
  • PBMC (Peripheral Blood Mononuclear Cells)
  • Nasopharyngeal aspirate
  • Tracheal aspirate
Contact person(s) and contact data (e-mail address, tel. no) for access purposes