ISO/TC 276 Biotechnology plenary meets virtually
In late July 2021, experts on the ISO Technical Committee 276 Biotechnology (ISO/TC 276) held a plenary meeting. The five working groups gave an update on their work. BIO Deutschland chairs Working Group 1 "Terminology", which reported on its work on compiling genome editing terms and definitions (more details here). The Working Group 2 “Biobanks and bioresources” is working on several proposals in the field of biobanks. The Working Group 3 “Analytical methods” aims to develop standards for accurate, reproducible and robust measurement and analysis in support of biotechnologies. The Working Group 4 “Bioprocessing” focuses its work on the development of biotech products, whereby the emphasis is on the processes and not the end products. It has developed a three-part standard for ensuring consistent, controlled and tracked processes to give confidence to suppliers and users of biotech products. The Working Group 5 “Data processing and integration” aims to develop standards for traceable, searchable and interoperable data together with integrated data processing for biotechnology and the life sciences. Its work focuses on the definition of data and model formats and their interfaces, the definition of metadata, and quality management of processed data and models.