IMPAACT Specimen Repository

Any questions concerning implementation of the Repository Guidelines and prioritization of specimen shipments should be addressed to the IMPAACT Lab Steering Committee at

Request for Applications (RFA)

The US National Institutes of Health (NIH)-sponsored International Maternal Pediatric Adolescent Clinical Trials (IMPAACT) Network aims to increase investigator access to and use of stored biological specimens available at both the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Biomedical Research Institute (BRI) repository and the Fisher Scientific repository, both in Rockville, Maryland, for new laboratory-based scientific investigations. Read More


    New address as of February 1, 2016:
    Biomedical Research Institute
    9410 Key West Avenue, First Floor
    Rockville, MD 20850

    All contact information, phone numbers, and email addresses will remain the same.
    Phone: (301) 881-7636
    Fax: (301) 770-9811



  • CDC Import Permit, Issued 5 November 2017 - For Non-US sites and laboratories: there is a new CDC import permit for international shipments that sites must use after February 1, 2016.

  • Shipping and Storage SOP - policy is being revised

  • ACTG Specimen Request Form - DMC Password Required. This form is to be used when specimens are to be mobilized from one location to another or to find a large group of specimens meeting specific criteria.

Approved IMPAACT Protocols for Specimen Shipments to BRI

IRB Approval Documents

IMPAACT/ACTG Specimen Repository Interactive Search Tool

The specimen repositories are a collaboration between the ACTG and IMPAACT clinical trial networks to make the large body of specimens collected for HIV research available to investigators. You can use the interactive search tool on this website to learn about the types of specimens available at the repositories. After completing a search, you can see the number of specimens and unique participants available, information about the studies for which they were collected, and what research was published for those studies. The search tool will also provide you with a report that lists your specimens of interest. You can then use this report to help write your research proposal to the network.

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Funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and the National Institute of Mental Health of the US National Institutes of Health, US Department of Health and Human Services.