Biobank Graz

Informed Consent (IC) refers to an official declaration that you consent to the use of your medical specimens (liquid or tissue samples) no longer required for your treatment. As a result, these specimens can be used for current research projects or stored in Biobank Graz for future research projects.

According to current legislation, specimens and data that have been obtained during medical treatments may only be used for research purposes if the donor has been fully informed about all aspects of biobanking and has given his*her consent. The consent form is presented to potential donors as part of their treatment. Donors can contact the medical staff at any time if they have questions. If the patient gives his*her consent, specimens may be archived for scientific purposes.

We distinguish between consent forms for adult and for minor donors.

The Biobank Graz Informed Consent forms have been approved by the Ethics Committee of the Medical University of Graz.

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Biobank Einverstaendnis
  • Consent must be given in writing and (if possible) before the specimen is taken.
  • The consent for minors expires when they come of age. For further use of the samples/data already collected, a new consent must be obtained.
  • Diagnostics and therapy are completely independent of your consent.
  • The consent is only valid if the donor or his*her legal guardian is sufficiently informed about the purposes, nature, significance and consequences.
  • Under no circumstances will more tissue than what is required to diagnose or treat the existing disease be taken from the donor. When blood is drawn, up to a maximum of 20 ml additional blood (ca. 4 teaspoons) may be taken.
  • Each individual research project requires approval by the Ethics Committee.
Biobank Einverstaendnis
  • The specimens are used exclusively for research purposes.
  • Specimens and data used in studies are identified exclusively by a code (pseudonymized/anonymized) to guarantee data protection.
  • If the donor provides consent, all available specimen materials collected in the past as well as in the future may be used.
  • Donors do not receive financial compensation for providing specimens. If research findings obtained using specimens or data from Biobank Graz are commercially exploited, donors have no right to a share.



Withdrawal of consent

The donor has the right to withdraw his/her consent to use specimens at any time and without providing any reasons. The withdrawal of consent to use specimens comprises a partial or complete retraction of the consent to use specimens. As a result, these specimens will no longer be used for research purposes and will be disposed of professionally if necessary. Research findings that have already been obtained with these specimens are not affected by the withdrawal of consent.


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