The Italian node of BBMRI-ERIC has been established with a joint effort by the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of University & Research and it involves ISS (National Institute of Health), CNR, Universities, Hospitals, IRCCS - institutes of health care and research - and Patient Organizations - POs. Assobiotech and Scientific Societies contribute to define the strategy. is a distributed research infrastructure including more than 90 Biobanks, biological resource centers (BRCs) and sample collections, located in different Italian regions.