For newly collected samples, CRIP’s database partners have obtained and obtain patient’s appropriate written informed consent. Text and procedure for obtaining this consent is approved by their local ethics committees and can be disclosed upon user’s project request.
Due to changes in our ethical and legal framework, samples from past decades may be lacking patient’s written informed consent. These “old” samples are often extremely valuable for research because follow-up data is available. According to the German National Ethics Council’s opinion on “Biobanks for research”, “…the requirement of consent … maybe waived if the samples and data are completely anonymized”, which is true for CRIP. Therefore CRIP’s database partners provide biospecimens collected both newly and formerly for research. In their project proposals, they may specify if and what kind of consent had been obtained for the respective material.