Our storage lab
Two fully independent clean rooms have been installed for resilience and back-up. All cryogenic freezers operate independently of electrical power requirements.
Every BioVault critical process runs off a large (20 kW) uninterruptible power supply, allowing the company to fully operate independently of the mains electricity supply for essential processing operations. Paired ultrasonic and infrared curtain sensors detect movement and problems, anywhere in the facility. Electronically controlled access and security throughout the building monitors who goes where and when. 24 hour alarm monitoring is supported by staff and police call out routines.
Human tissue bank is directly linked to both local police and the firestation via a redcare contract. Both police and fireservices are 1 minute away from the facility. Sophisticated fire monitoring detection (both heat and smoke) has been integrated throughout the facility. Detection is additionally concentrated at risk points. Independent and random security patrols occur 365 days per year.
BioVault employs two fully audited bulk suppliers of liquid nitrogen, one for back up.
BioVault's facilities are specifically positioned on a designated low risk site, with minimum risk from vandals, activists, terrorists, major international flight paths and disaster scenarios including flooding.
All BioVault laboratory staff are regularly assessed through a CPD (Continuous Professional Development) for training purposes.
BioVault was awarded JACIE accreditation in November 2011, an extremely proud achievement for us as we are the first private tissue bank to be awarded this accreditation in the UK. JACIE The Joint Accreditation Committee-ISCT & EBMT is a non profit body established in 1998 for the purposes of assessment and accreditation in the field of haematopoietic stem cell (HSC) transplantation.
BioVault holds an open ended, unconditional HTA licence which covers every aspect of all transplantable material for human application. For more detail concerning BioVault's HTA licence
(licence no: 11063)
The internationally recognised standard for an organisation's internal Quality Management.
(certificate no: GB04/62552)
Quality management standards for medical devices
(certificate no: GB07/72849)
BioVault's Flow Cytometers are externally quality controlled by NEQAS .
British Association of Tissue Banks
BioVault is an established member of the British Association of Tissue Banks
Biovault has also recently become a member of the ESBB, European, Middle Easter and African Society for Biopreservation and Biobanking. The mission of the ESBB is to advance the field of biobanking in support of research relating to healthcare, education and the environment.
Biovault has been issued the Certificate of Registration for the Community Trade Mark as of 24.12.2009 by The Office of Harmonization for the Internal Market. This is valid in all 27 countries of the EU.
Please find below few selected quotes from the final 'site visit inspection' report of 15 May 2012 by HTA. http://www.hta.gov.uk/_db/_documents/2012-03-07_11063.pdf
"Compliance with HTA standards"
"All applicable HTA standards have been assessed as fully met."
"The DI and CLHC have a good understanding of regulatory requirements. Staff at the establishment demonstrate a strong commitment to meeting HTA requirements and to the ongoing development of a culture of continuous improvement."
Records are owned by BioVault but are held in a fully-serviced commercial data centre under a commercial contract.
Records are multi-backed-up the system is resilient, robust, fast and infinitely expandable.
Record storage is full pre-paid for a 55 year period and access is guaranteed.
BioVault operates a fully compliant records system.
Future storage charges are escrowed and drawn down annually. The funds are controlled by an independent professional and not implicated should BioVault cease to exist and hence available for future storage.