Rules for Requesting Genetic Material for Taiwan Wildlife Cryobanking and Barcode of
     Life Project


For demanders are increasing by years, the requests are so many in species and quantity that the tissue samplesspecimens collected in plenty efforts are soon unable to meet the demand. On the contrary, other tissue samplespecimen archiving organizations or researchers are hardly able to fulfill our requests for specimens. In response to the unfair and non-reciprocal situation, demanders from now on should reciprocally provide same amount of tissue specimens in return besides asking permission of BRCAS Museum or tissue sample specimen collectors.


For many species are difficult to be collected, when requests are many in quantity, demanders are recommended to seek academic collaboration (e.g. academic publication) with tissue sample specimen collectors for a higher providing inclination.


Tissue are non-return specimens, and there is no requirement of return in time. However, the owner has the right to have feedback.


Demanders should explicitly inform the provider where the specimens are applied, what the research plan is, what the experimental procedures are, and whether it violates Science ethics and international recognition.


Demanders can not declare any intellectual property rights and apply patents by the borrowed specimens or the continuing research results based on them.


The results based on the borrowed specimens should be published in journal papers and sent a copy to the ownership.


The borrowed number should not be more than half of the same species in reservation.


Borrowers should describe the specimen number and preserve status (in alcohol or buffer). Any special requirement should be explicitly described and charged for extra fee.


When borrowers found any mistakes of the specimens, they are obligated to inform ownership organization for correction.


The procedure of borrowing specimens is limited to PI in official documents, not for students.


The specimens can not be transferred to someone else without permission.


The specimens should not violate the use of original declaration.


The specimens should not used for commercial purposes without permission.


The extracted DNA data from the borrowed specimen should be published in public database, and referred to BRCAS Museum and sample collectors as the source. The serial number of the DNA sequence and related information should be provided to the ownership organization for database connection.


The borrowed specimens not in use and extracted DNA should return to ownership organization as soon as possible.

Guidelines for requesting tissue samples from BRCAS

(Based on Rule No. 4 of RCBAS Museum Management Guidelines)


Borrower should submit “Application Form for Usage of Tissue Sample” (Appendix 6) and a brief research proposal to museum associate for renew and approve by curators or collectors of those samples. The research proposal should include the justification for using intended tissue specimen, techniques to be used, and evidence to illustrate the applicability of such techniques in borrower’s laboratory. ( For point of view, please refer to "Rules for Requesting Genetic Material for Taiwan Wildlife Cryobanking and Barcode of Life Project")


RCBAS museum will ship tissue sample in alcohol under ambient temperature. The recipient institution is responsible for any expenses pertain to special shipping and handling.


The borrower of tissue samples must agree that the tissue sample and all products resulted from its usage will not be used for claiming intellectual property rights, for patent application, for commercial profit and any other purpose besides those listed in the original application form and research proposal.


For foreign researchers, the request for borrowing tissue sample of endemic species from Taiwan has to be submitted together with local collaborating researcher. Additional regulations and permits required by foreign borrower’ government and CITES should be followed and obtained prior the loan is issued.


Borrowers should notify RCBAS museum Associate for error or suspected information associated with specimens for further amendment.


Loan of tissue sample will be considered only for researchers affiliated with reputable institutes.


DNA sequences resulting from loaned tissues of RCBAS museum should be published with specimen number assigned by RCBAS museum and acknowledged the source of tissue. The borrower is obligate to provide DNA sequence or access number and 2 copies of any publication resulted from RCBAS tissue specimen.