Operational Details

The GAPPS Repository provides:  

  • Centralized bioinformatics
  • Data management
  • Regulatory oversight
  • Collection protocols
  • Collection kits
  • Quality control
  • Utilization review
  • Database queries
  • Standard Operating Procedures and related materials

GAPPS Repository Collection Network
The GAPPS Repository receives specimens and data from a network of collection sites, including Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital, Swedish Medical Center, and the University of Washington Medical Center. Launched in Washington State, GAPPS is working to expand this network across the nation and around the world. The GAPPS Repository also serves as a model for other pregnancy and early childhood research sites, and researchers from around the world are accessing our Standard Operating Procedures for use in their own collections.

Specimen Collection Kits
The GAPPS Repository specimen collection kits are designed to ensure participant privacy, accuracy, and ease of use, and can be tailored to meet the needs of prospective collections. Each comprehensive, pre-packaged kit of collection supplies is labeled with a unique kit ID number which is linked with specimen ID numbers and unique participant research numbers. To ensure privacy, no personal identification information is available to the GAPPS Repository. 

Quality Assurance for Specimens and Data
Quality assurance is a continuous process used when collecting, storing, and distributing samples and data to researchers. These steps ensure that each product is suitable for the intended purpose and produced and distributed correctly. At GAPPS, we outline these steps as: 


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