The process of moving from a regionally based cervical cytology biobank to a national infrastructure

Biopreserv Biobank. 2015 Apr;13(2):94-7. doi: 10.1089/bio.2014.0017. Epub 2015 Jan 19.


This article addresses the important issue of the standardization of the biobank process. It reports on i) the implementation of standard operating procedures for the processing of liquid-based cervical cells, ii) the standardization of storage conditions, and iii) the ultimate establishment of nationwide standardized biorepositories for cervical specimens. Given the differences in the infrastructure and healthcare systems of various county councils in Sweden, these efforts were designed to develop standardized methods of biobanking across the nation. The standardization of cervical sample processing and biobanking is an important and widely acknowledged issue. Efforts to address these concerns will facilitate better patient care and improve research based on retrospective and prospective collections of patient samples and cohorts. The successful nationalization of the Cervical Cytology Biobank in Sweden is based on three vital issues: i) the flexibility of the system to adapt to other regional systems, ii) the development of the system based on national collaboration between the university and the county councils, and iii) stable governmental financing by the provider, the Biobanking and Molecular Resource Infrastructure of Sweden ( We will share our experiences with biorepository communities to promote understanding of and advances in opportunities to establish a nationalized biobank which covers the healthcare of the entire nation.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Biological Specimen Banks / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Biological Specimen Banks / organization & administration*
  • Biological Specimen Banks / standards
  • Biomedical Research
  • Cervix Uteri / cytology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Registries
  • Sweden
  • Tissue Banks / economics
  • Tissue Banks / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Tissue Banks / standards*
  • Vaginal Smears