The IGTP-HUGTP Biobanc is structured in sub-units or nodes according to the area of work. Currently it has two nodes:

  • The Central Node coordinates activities and stores fluid and tissue samples
  • The Tumour Node contains paired samples of tumour and non-tumour samples of several types of neoplasms

Organizational Chart

Owner: Germans Trias i Pujol Research Institute
Director Biobank:  Edurne Pedrosa Berrio

Steering Committee

Chairman                         Director IGTP
Deputy Chairman   Anatomical Pathology HUGTP
Member   Genomics Unit IGTP
Member   Clinical Pharmacology HUGTP
Member   Clinical Analysis HUGTP
Member   Biobank IGTP-HUGTP
Invited Observer   Cryobiology IGTP
Invited Observer   Tumour Bank IGTP-HUGTP

External Scientific Advisory Board

President Coordinator of Transversal Processes and Territorial Alliances of the Northern Metropolitan Territory of Barcelona Area Management
Vice-President         Anatomical Pathology
Secretary Administration IGTP
Member Clinical Analysis HUGTP
Member Pneumonology HUGTP
Member Digestive System & Endoscopes HUGTP
Member Oncology HUGTP
Member Thoracic Surgery HUGTP

External Ethics Committee

For information about the Germans Trias i Pujol University Hospital Ethics Committee, please see their website (in Spanish)


The IGTP-HUGTP Biobank is authorized by the Ministry of Health of the Generalitat (Autonomous Government of Catalonia) and registered with the National Biobank Register of the Instituto Carlos III (referencia B.0000643).

The Biobank has its own internal regulations and a Biosecurity Plan.  It is part of the National Network of Biobanks and applies the best practices published by this organization.

IGTP-HUGTP Biobanc Internal Regulations (Catalan/Spanish)

IGTP-HUGTP Biobanc Biosecurity Plan (Catalan/Spanish)

IGTP-HUGTP Biobanc Guide to Best Practices

Samples can be provided to the scientific community.  Requests for samples must provide proof of the need for the biological materials requested and must guarantee that best practices will be upheld regarding science and ethics.

According to the Law of Biomedical Research, approved 3 July 2007 and the Spanish Royal Decree RD1716/2011 of 18 November a biobank is a non-profit public or private establishment that houses one or several collections of human biological samples destined for biomedical research and organized in a technical unity with criteria of quality, order and destination independently of whether it contains samples for other ends.

Both regulations, including the Spanish Royal Decree 234/2013 of 15 October of the "Diari Oficial de la Generalitat de Catalunya", regulate for the ownership, organization, channels of authorization and register as well as the requirements for obtaining, depositing and releasing samples to third parties of Biobanks and collections of samples.


Three laws protect the rights of the individual regarding his or her personal data: The Law 41/2002 Autonomy of the Patient, the Law 15/1999 Protection of Personal Data and The Royal Decree 1729/2007 21 December.  These laws require that priority is given to respect, protection of identity and dignity of people, they recognize the complete autonomy of the individual, the need for confidentiality by those with access to personal data and the principle of gratuity free from payment of donations of any type of biological material destined for research.  

The activities of the Biobank are this strictly regulated and defined by law and the organization must regularly review procedures and insure that all vigilance and precautions required are applied.