CM-Path Biobanking Sample Quality Improvement Tool

The CM-Path Biobanking Sample Quality Improvement Tool is a free, confidential self-assessment for use by biobank staff to review how their current practices impact sample quality.

Questions are completed by selecting the appropriate answer from a dropdown menu. This then leads to commentary and evidence as to why the subject of the question is important when it comes to the quality of samples being stored. Where answers indicate that there is room for improvement, suggestions for such improvement are recorded in the “Flagged Areas” tab.

The tool is designed using Microsoft Excel to ensure it is compatible with most operating systems. This also means you can save your answers and refer back to them at a later date to see if you have implemented the relevant changes.

The NCRI cannot view any of your answers and so use of the tool is entirely confidential. It is intended to help biobanks ensure their samples are of the highest quality for tissue users. We do, however, ask you to fill in some details initially so that we may contact you in the future to find out how useful you found the tool. Your information will be held internally and not shared without prior permission.

To download the tool, please complete the form below. You will then be provided with a link to copy and paste into your browser. If you encounter any issues, please contact

We would love to hear your feedback on the tool in order to identify future improvements and ensure the tool is as helpful as possible to its users. If you would like to provide confidential feedback, you can do so by following the link below:

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“Overall this looks like a really useful tool. It was straightforward to use and I found the links to research and example forms useful.”
“The CM-Path biobanking tool is very professionally laid out and easy to use. The tabs are useful and logical.”