A new piece of legislation, the Biobank Act (688/2012), came into force on 1 September 2013 in Finland. The new Biobank Act is the first piece of Finnish regulation specifically regulating collection and storing of human samples in biobanks.

The new Biobank Act allows collecting and storing of human samples with the donor’s consent for future research needs, without the need to request the donor’s consent for every research and study that the sample will be later used for. The new Act aims to enable more efficient use of sample collections and also to strengthen supervision and guidance by authorities, thereby protecting the right to privacy.