Common Access to Biological Resources and Information
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Introduction to CABRI guidelines
Europe has a wide variety of Resource Centres acting as supply and
service organisations to the Scientific Community. CABRI, the Common Access
to Biological Resources and Information service, offers access to some of
This common interest gateway offers many advantages to both the centres
and their user communities. Instead of having to scrutinise a large number
of databases, catalogues and other sources of information, CABRI offers
world-wide access to these databases and allows one to simultaneously
check on the availability of a particular type of organism or genetic
resource and to order the required items once located.
Bacteria and Archea
Animal and Human Cells
The CABRI service has been built around quality and each member resource
centre has therefore contributed to defining the set of technical
specifications and procedures which define how they should handle each
resource type. These procedures are primarily based upon the centres own
procedures but they have been peer reviewed and approved before the catalogue
has been mounted online. In this way users of CABRI are guaranteed the
highest quality materials and services. It is our intention to expand on
the range of materials on offer by admitting other centres with acceptable
Quality through knowledge
Each of the collections within CABRI has a wealth of specialist expertise
that backs up the storage and delivery of cultures. A range of contract
services is therefore also available and information on these can be provided
by the centres on request.
Quality standards assured through testing
The CABRI accreditation scheme for Culture Collections has been developed
by reviewing and collating:
Current methodologies used for accessioning
material into member and other collections.
and measured and critiqued by:
Quality control standards already in use
and appropriate for each biological resource category.
Examining common representatives from each
of the collections to compare methods and results.
Randomly checking delivery performances and
other customer responses to measure customer satisfaction.
It is the goal of the CABRI member collections to provide customers with a
high standard of service. This includes biological resources, information
and related services. All of these items must meet the specifications laid
down in the quality control guidelines, or the guidelines for catalogue
production which includes the instructions for the submission of a flat
file for indexing to CABRI.
A CABRI Technical Committee has been established to implement and enforce
these CABRI standards and this Technical Committee also regularly audits
both laboratory practices and delivery standards and ensures that the CABRI
information procedures as well as content are kept current and abreast of the
latest developments. CABRI aims to provide the most user friendly approach
to biological resourcing anywhere in the world.
Contents of the Quality Guidelines
Part 1: General guidelines for culture collections.
Part 2: Request and handling deposits.
Part 3: Maintenance of the deposits.
Part 4: Delivery to the customer.
These chapters cover procedures that as far as possible guarantee:
the adherence of CABRI to international,
European or national regulations as well as to ethical and safety standards
in the field of biotechnology;
the authenticity of biological materials;
the purity of cultures or absence of
the processing of cultures including their
the accuracy of data collected and supplied;
punctuality and delivery standards.
Presentation of the quality procedures
Part 1 of the guidelines provides a common view for all CABRI resources.
Thereafter, information is provided at different levels of detail starting
with the basic core procedures common to all collections. Then there are
specific protocols that provide basic information on (fairly) standard
techniques and finally, if relevant, there is detailed information on local
procedures that might be unique to a member collection.
These local procedures have been independently refereed to ensure they are
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