BBMRI-NL catalogue


The BBMRI-NL biobank catalogue is a searchable database, containing information on several Dutch biobanks. To date, there are over 200 biobank collections listed. Researchers can use the catalogue to search collections on specific disease types, GWAS data, types of biomaterials, and many other variables.

Furthermore, the contact details for each biobank coordinator are available so that researchers can request data and/or materials directly from them.

To visit the catalogue:


The BBMRI-NL catalogue will give researchers an overview of a large set of sample collections, studies and biobanks that include biological samples that are being preserved in the Netherlands. All samples should in principle be available to order for further analysis.
The BBMRI-NL catalogue can help researchers in the identification of possible samples that could be included in their research, depending on basic characteristics such as sex, age and type of disease.

BBMRI-NL displays basic information about the sample collections with the objective of helping researchers to quickly identify samples that are potentially useful.

The catalogue is also the source for the Dutch biobank collections in the BBMRI-ERIC biobank Directory.


Why should you use the BBMRI-NL CATALOGUE?
The catalogue is a tool that will help you:
● Get an overview of most Dutch biobanks
● Find collections that share certain characteristics, like the presence of certain biomaterials, the involvement of one or more institutes / researchers, the focus on a specific (type of) disorder, etc.
● Assess the data in an aggregated form to get an overview of how many sample collections share the same characteristics.


Who should use the BBMRI-NL CATALOGUE?
The BBMRI-NL catalogue can be useful for researchers willing to reuse data or samples already collected by others with specific characteristics. Moreover, it also gives the opportunity for gathering large datasets and conducting individual-participant data meta-analyses.


The catalogue is the first entry point for researchers to get an overview of the biobanks collections associated with BBMRI-NL. It is an actively maintained database (i.e. it is constantly being updated).


How to start using BBMRI-NL’s CATALOGUE?
If you are a researcher looking for samples or associated materials, please visit the catalogue website:

If you are a biobank coordinator, and would like to add your biobank / cohort to the BBMRI-NL Catalogue, please contact the Service Desk.


Training information for BBMRI-NL’s CATALOGUE
The catalogue is an easy to use website, for which no specific training material is available.

The search in BBMRI-NL can be performed in two forms:

  1. By simply typing a keyword at the search field (e.g. DNA or Longitudinal)
  2. Through the wizard you can search on all the fields used to describe sample collections. The wizard allows to build complex searches with multiple search conditions.

Access to samples and related data must be asked directly through the contact person assigned to the specific sample collection. The e-mail address of the contact person can be found by selecting “organizational structure” under “Data item selection”, and further clicking the name of the contact person in the “Contact person” column. Nonetheless, BBMRI-NL 2.0 is working on a sample request procedure, the Sample Request Portal.

For biobanks, a “data integration manual” will be sent when they request inclusion in the catalogue.


If you have any questions regarding the BBMRI-NL catalogue, please fill in the Feedback form.

If you are a biobank coordinator, and would like to add your biobank / cohort to the BBMRI-NL Catalogue, please contact the Service Desk.

Link to the BBMRI-Catalogus form


References and other links for BBMRI-NL’s CATALOGUE:
● MOLGENIS project
● MOLGENIS Research: Advanced bioinformatics data software for non-bioinformaticians DOI: 10.1093/bioinformatics/bty742
● The MOLGENIS toolkit: rapid prototyping of biosoftware at the push of a button DOI: 10.1186/1471-2105-11-S12-S12
● Beyond standardization: dynamic software infrastructures for systems biology DOI: 10.1038/nrg2048
● MOLGENIS catalogue DOI: 10.1186/2043-9113-5-S1-S8
● Towards Global Biobank Integration by Implementation of the Minimum Information About BIobank Data Sharing (MIABIS 2.0 Core) DOI: 10.1089/bio.2015.0070
● State-of-the-Art and Future Challenges in the Integration of Biobank Catalogues, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-16226-3
● BBMRI-ERIC Directory: 515 Biobanks with Over 60 Million Biological Samples doi:10.1089/bio.2016.0088

For more information on BBMRI-NL’s CATALOGUE, contact:
1. Service Desk
2. David van Enckevort, Task leader for the Catalogue task in WP 5
3. Morris Swertz, BBMRI-NL’s Work package leader for WP5


Updated: 22 October 2018