Samples may need to be transferred from one location to another within the biobank if they are needed in a different study. In addition, biobank samples may need to be removed from storage for testing or for transfer to another facility. Biobank Manager can easily handle all of these scenarios. A ‘pull’ list can be created, which identifies the samples required and their location. Once samples have been pulled for testing or external transfer, then full details of the destination and shipping information must be recorded so that the movement of the sample can be fully tracked.
There is also a requirement to record the action on the sample at its new location. It may be transferred back after testing, or it may be consumed completely during testing, or the remainder may be disposed of after testing. Color coding is used extensively on the Biobank Manager screens to make it easy to identify the current status of any sample. Internal and external auditing can be carried out to confirm that any particular sample is in its specified location and to view the full chain of custody.