Repository Overview

Feb 17, 2017 9:30 am

Data and biospecimen repositories (sometimes called registries, banks, or libraries) are used to store data, with or without biospecimens, for future research use. Federal regulations and U-M policies that protect the privacy of patients and research subjects apply to both the creation and the use of research repositories. Federal guidance calls for IRB review of repository storage and data management.

A repository is a collection of data/biospecimens whose organizers       

  • May receive data/biospecimens from multiple sources
  • Maintain the data/biospecimens over time
  • Control access to and use of data/biospecimens by multiple individuals and/or for multiple purposes, which may evolve over time.

Contact us at or 734-763-4768 / (Fax 734-763-1234)

2800 Plymouth Road, Building 520, Room 3214, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2800

A list of IRBMED staff is available in the Personnel Directory, or view the list of Regulatory Teams.

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Last Updated: January 17, 2021 10:25 PM