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Public Trust and Trustworthiness in Biobanking: The Need for More Reflexivity

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Gabrielle Samuel, Broekstra,, Felix Gille, Anneke Lucassen

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)291-296
Number of pages6
JournalBiopreservation And Biobanking
Issue number3
Published1 Jun 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information: This study was supported by Wellcome under Grant No. 219629/Z/19/Z and the Digital Society Initiative, University of Zurich. As required by this funder, the author will apply a CC BY public copyright license to any author accepted article version arising from this submission. Publisher Copyright: © 2022, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers.


  • Trust and biobanking

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Low levels of public trust in biobanks are perceived to be a deterrent to participation and a threat to their sustainability. Acting in a “trustworthy” manner is seen to be one approach to ensuring public trust in biobanks. Striving to improve public trust in biobanks and prioritizing the need for institutional trustworthiness are both vital endeavors. However, there has been little discussion in the context of biobanking about the meaning of these two concepts, and the relationship between them. In this article, we argue that it is important to examine this, to ensure clarity around their meaning, as well as their relationship with each other as they apply to biobanking. We conclude by making a series of recommendations for biobanks.

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