Central Freezer Storage Facility

Cold storage of any kind of aliquots Facility
We give advise, store, and manage biomaterials for the University Medical Centre Groningen and also for external institutes and companies.

Since 2018 the UMCG has a professionally managed Central Freezer Facility for scientific research (storage exceeding 3 months). The Facility meets high standards for quality assurance and efficient process flows of the storage and the distribution of biomaterials.

The controlled storage of biomaterials meets the requirements set by ISO certification, (ISO9001:2015) legislation, and regulations, both research that is subject to the WMO, as well as research that is not subject to this legislation (biobank).

Both existing and new collections can be stored.

This is how we work

First contact and agreement

  • Contact us via the e-mail address or phone and indicated your wishes and the kind of information that will be collected.
  • The coordinator of the facility will contact you. Together we'll work out your specific wishes.
  • Fill in the required administration if necessary with the help of the staff at the freezer facility.

Regular contact throughout storage

  • During the practical phase (inserting samples) we'll maintain contact regularly.
  • During the period your samples are stored at the freezer facility, we'll always respond to any questions you might have.
    1. In the basement below the Central Medical Complex; cellar D. Storage of an amount of 104 -20/-80 freezers and 16 500L bulk RVS cryo containers.
    2. Outside the hospital at the logistic campus “Logistiek Centrum Eemspoort” Storage of an amount of 174 -80 freezers.

Our services

  • Our Freezer Storage Facility offers researchers the opportunity for storage and management of biomaterial of research projects such as clinical trials, cohort studies and patient control studies. Storage can be done at -20 °C, -80 °C and liquid nitrogen.

  • Do you want to start a new collection? Would you like to professionalize your current collection? We offer a step-by-step guide for the storage of your biomaterials, including links to necessary documents.

    • Label the aliquots tubes (several variant) as a batch process
    • Separate (batch)labels we can print with a tube labelar machine
    • Relabel cold frozen aliquot tubes
    • Scan 2D/QR aliquot tubes boxes as a batch
    • Provide transportation through the Netherlands
    • Provide transportation shipments (with withdrawal and collection request) throughout the world (import/export)
    • For transportation requests we have a caddy (as a separate service)
  • Besides help with storage space and help with and information of an optimal storage plan, we also offer help with:

    • We provide a sample registration (reporting tool).
    • Provide help of any kind with the cohort collection from protocols, collection issues and so on.
    • 24/7 alarm/monitoring system and a follow-up protocol by malfunction of the storage equipment.​​​​​​


CVF - kelder D
Hanzeplein 1
9713 GZ Groningen
the Netherlands