Any researcher who needs access to samples and registry-derived data shall according to Finnish Biobank Act §26 & §27 send a written request to the owner of the FMC samples and data, the Biobank Borealis (BiopankkiBorealis@ppshp.fi). Access can be granted to research plans that pursue high scientific quality and impact, are performed in an ethical manner by reputable researchers with an established scientific record and the material requested is available for sharing.
The application shall include:
Biobank Request Form (In English) to BiopankkiBorealis@ppshp.fi or by mail directly to the Biobank.
Request for Samples - other account for ethical evaluation
The Scientific Steering Committee will evaluate all sample and data requests once a month. The Scientific Steering Committee evaluates especially the scientific level and ethics of the research, the amount of material requested, criteria for selecting the samples and the resources of the research project. Main criteria for approval of research project is that the Material requested is available for sharing, the project proposal does not overlap with on-going projects and the requested data and analysis plan do not compromise the confidentiality of sample donors. Based on the commitment of the Scientific Steering Committee, the response of the sample request is decided and signed by the Director of the Biobank Borealis. Following a positive decision the Material Transfer Agreement (MTA) is concluded between Biobank Borealis and the scientific institutes or organizations involved in the project.
Scientific research based on the use of FMC samples typically includes data derived from the Finnish Health Registers (Gissler & Surcel, Statistical J JAOS 28, 2012; 53-58). The study approval is bound to a careful evaluation by the ethical and Data Protection Ombudsman and the final data provided for research project shall be coded in unidentifiable form. The data provided for the research project may not be used for any other purposes than described in the study plan agreed with Biobank Borealis, or share the data with any other party without a written approval of Biobank Borealis.In purpose to assist the scientific research Biobank Borealis supports research collaboration with national and international research groups providing the following services for researchers: Administrative services such as preparation of ethical or register approval applications, project-specific register data requests, selection of subjects based on the criteria expressed in the study plan, data management and linkage of the register data with the FMC data. In order to estimate the cost for your specific project, please contact Biobank Borealis.