What applies to samples taken outside of Sweden?

Samples taken outside of Sweden are not covered by the Swedish Biobank Act, but in order to use these samples in Swedish research projects, an approved ethical application in accordance with the Swedish Ethical Review Act and other regulations for research is required for the part of the research carried out in Sweden.

If samples taken outside of Sweden are to be sent for analysis to a laboratory in Sweden and the laboratory only performs the analysis without participating in the research in any other way, an ethical approval is not required.