The CNAG-CRG is partner in this project that aims to standardize generic pre-analytical procedures for in-vitro diagnostics for personalized medicine

BCN, 7 October 2021.- The 2021 edition of the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) and the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC) Standards and Innovation Awards was presented on Tuesday 5 October 2021 to celebrate and acknowledge the important contribution of research and innovation to standardization.


The CEN and CENELEC are two distinct private international non-profit organizations that aim to produce high-quality standards for products and services that incorporate quality, safety, environmental, interoperability and accessibility requirements.


The winner of the Standards and Innovation project category award was the SPIDIA4P project, represented by the coordinator Dr. Uwe Oelmüller (QIAGEN). The Centro Nacional de Análisis Genómico (CNAG-CRG) is partner in this project that brings together key experts of 19 stakeholder organisations, with the needed critical mass in knowledge on pre-analytical and analytical procedures, on European and international standardisation organisations’ processes (CEN and ISO), external quality assurance, quality management, ethics and regulatory demands.


Through SPIDIA4P, 16 new standards have been developed so far, with 6 more in the pipeline, addressing the pre-analytical workflows applied to personalized medicine.



“Patient specimen can significantly alter after collection from the body, e.g. during transport, storage and processing. This is a major source of error for wrong diagnostic test results. Standards ensuring good quality patient specimen are therefore key enablers for improving diagnostics, biobanking and biomedical research”, says Uwe Oelmüller, coordinator of SPIDIA4P.






“The CNAG-CRG has always been committed to the highest level of quality, we have implemented a quality management system structured to comply with the conditions set forth by ISO standard. Within SPIDIA4P we are supporting all document developments dealing with DNA and RNA by reviewing and ensuring that NGS technology demands to sample qualities are adequately addressed,” says Lidia Sevilla, Quality Manager at CNAG-CRG.