Wednesday 24 October 2018

Emma Snapes, INFANT’s Biobanking Manager received the National Standards Authority of Ireland award at the NSAI Annual Standards Forum in Dublin. The award was in recognition of Emma’s exceptional dedication to standards development.

Emma is the Irish academic representative and International Expert to ISO TC276 for Biotechnology and was instrumental in the development of ISO 20387 (2018): EN, the first dedicated biobanking standard.

Emma is continuing her work with ISO TC276 and is currently working on a technical report that will accompany the biobanking standard to help interpret the requirements for each unique set up.

“I would likely to sincerely thank all the many individuals too numerous to mention in helping promote the Irish biobanking voice and in particular its expression in the horizontal biobanking standard. Encouragingly, this voice was one I often heard echoed back from other countries experts. It is my hope that those who undertake to fulfil the requirements laid out in the standard will realise the value in resultant high quality, reproducible results and timely achievement of research goals. Special thanks to my biobanking colleague and dear friend, Dr Aisling Doyle, who accompanied me to the award ceremony in Dublin. Aisling and I work closely together and together provide constant round the clock support for INFANT’s biobanking concerns. I remain ever grateful to INFANT directorship and UCC management for enabling her to partake in standards creation”.

Well done Emma!