Welcome to the National Biobank


The NHLS Biobank helps to secure and manage collections of biomaterials and its associated data for research, human health and biotechnology development, for the benefit of society.

The NHLS Biobank was established in response to the growing burden of communicable and non- communicable diseases in South Africa


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Biobank Quality Assurance

About the National BiobankNHLS Biobank is certified for ISO 9001:2015.

The NHLS Biobank based at the NIOH is the first Biobank to obtain ISO 9001:2015 certification in Africa. 


Biobank Membership

National Biobank Services ISBER-International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories

NHLS is a member of ISBER and its represented in the STANDARDS WORKING Working Committee

ESBB-Europe, Middle East & African Society for Biorepositories and Biobanking


Latest News

  • Cholera Disproved As Cause Of Illness In Free State Province Patient.

    18 February 2013   The National Institute for Communicable Diseases in Johannesburg has completed laboratory testing on specimens from a Free State Province man admitted to hospital last week with diarrhoea.