In 1999, the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) http://www.oecd.org initiated an international debate concerning the necessary conditions for the maintenance of collections.
The following recommendations were then issued:
• States should support the creation of Biological Research Centers (BRCs) ;
• An international network of BRCs should be created, and a ethical charter for the functioning of BRCs drawn up ;
• The existence of BRCs should be taken into account when co-ordinating laws and regulations.
A working group was set up. This working group was responsible for writing guidelines for the management of BRCs, with the following purposes:
• To formulate a set of rational principles governing the running of BRCs ;
• To coordinate the various collections by means of an international accreditation system.
A document entitled “Guidance for the operation of biological resource centres” (BRCs) has been used for the writing of AFNOR NF 96 900 standard.
The limits of the CRBIP
The "Collection de l’Institut Pasteur" (CIP) has been part of the CRBIP since its creation. The collection of cyanobacteria (PCC) and the group (ICAReB) "Investigation Clinique et Accès aux Ressources Biologiques" were added.
See composition of the CRBIP
The CIP was certified for the first time in 1998 (according to ISO 9002 standard) and , since July 2001 according to ISO 9001 standard, version 2000 and since 2009 according to NF 96 900 standard.
As part of the CRBIP project, the UMIP has initiated a quality assurance approach based on the experience of the CIP. The integration of the various collections into the CRBIP follows a timetable, the various phases of which (production, control, storage) meet quality assurance requirements in terms of organisation, recording and metrology.
In 2005, the CRBIP, including the CIP, the UMIP and several collections of research laboratories, received ISO 9001 version 2000 certification from the French Quality Assurance Association (AFAQ). In 2006, the renewal of the certification of the CRBIP was obtained by including the collection of cyanobacteria (PCC)
In 2007, the limits of certification was spread to the biobank ICAReB.
Valorisation of the CRBIP
A plasmid collection has been set up to enable the CRBIP to take advantage of the potential existing at the "Institut Pasteur". The most recent strain characterisation methods have been used for control procedures, with the CRBIP benefiting from the most recent innovations developed in the laboratories of the "Institut Pasteur".