Donating stones to BICUIB is done through submission agreements linked to informed consent.


Sample Submission


BICUIB collects kidney stone samples, and ensures correct storage and conservation for subsequent transfer for biomedical research purposes. If you would like to include a set of kidney stones at the Biobank, you must fill in and sign the relevant submission request and send it to the Biobank via the form below. 

Sample collection will take place after the collection submission agreement is signed.

The submission process is as follows:

  1. Approval by the sample home centre
  2. Assessment by the BICUIB Scientific and Ethical Committees
  3. Assessment by the BICUIB Director of Science
  4. Signing the relevant submission agreement.

The promoter of the sample submission and their collaborators must use the BICUIB informed consent form for correct sample collection where the samples were obtained after 2nd December 2011.


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Sample Donation


BICUIB collects kidney stone samples from donors with renal lithiasis. Donors may be minors or adults.

During the usual care procedure, patients who could be potential kidney stone donors receive information from their doctor, who will ask them to collaborate. Patients must sign the informed consent form that sets out how the donation works in detail.

Biomedical research requires the use of biological samples to undertake studies enabling improved knowledge, prevention, diagnosis and/or treatment of illnesses. In this sense, donor collaboration is essential.


Data Protection

BICUIB conserves all samples and associated data from donors in an encrypted format. Only authorised Biobank staff may link a person's identity to the encrypted information. In this way, researchers who request samples from the Biobank are not aware of donor identities. The research results will never enable a donor to be identified.


Informed Consent

After receiving information about the procedure, donors must provide their consent in writing to donate samples and data voluntarily and free-of-charge.

Donors must read the informed consent information carefully and submit any query they may have. They may refuse to participate or withdraw their consent at any time, without having to provide any explanation and without this having any effect on their medical care.

Donors may exercise their rights to access, rectify, erase and object at any time, as well as obtain information on the use of samples and associated data. To do this, please contact us at the following e-mail: