Samples and data provided by Biobank Graz will only be delivered to ethically and scientifically approved research projects. The ethical concept of Biobank Graz is in accordance with all applicable laws and the respective legislation in the areas of public health care, medicine, personal rights, data protection, genetics, civil and criminal law and university policies in Austria. Biobank Graz has been approved by the local ethics committee and by the official Austrian data regulatory board (DVR). A comprehensive data protection policy has been developed and implemented to protect sample donor privacy. A respective data protection officer is in place. A broad >>Informed consent has been established by an iterative process involving all interested parties and the local ethics committee. Biobank Graz is regularly reviewed by a Scientific and Ethical Advisory Board (SEAB).