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BICeL is regulated by the charter of life science research core facilites (IBiSA Charter):

Core facilities: definition

A core facility consists in the pooling in a single location of equipment and human resources intended to offer high technology resources to a users’ community. Upon adopting this Charter, the core facility commits to grant a wide access both regionally and nationally, not only to the local teams, but also to outside investigators, regardless of their affiliation (public research agencies, industry, … ). The recognition of a facility and the specific resources (funding, staff) that ensue are regulated by general specifications, which may be further defined according to the facility’s field of expertise.


Since it has to be open to outside teams, the facility’s premises must be large enough to host user teams. The facility accessibility requires dedicated staff members who can meet users’ needs in services and supervision.


The core facility is run and animated by a well-identified person. The facility has a scientific council, including users and outside experts, which sets projects’ priorities, ensures the quality of services and proposes technological developments. The facility clearly displays the services offered, the access regulations, and the rates. GIS-IBiSA recommends the implementation of a quality management approach inspired by the ISO 9001 guidelines. However, although an ISO 9001 certification might help in the optimization or even in the valorization output of the facility activities, it may on no account constitute a scientific and technological evaluation criterion to be granted IBiSA approval.

Technological Developments

The facility must ensure a sustainable technological performance through an active technology watch activity and a plan of action for both equipment upgrade and staff training. This purpose is all the better reached when the facility supports technological development projects leading to scientific publications or valorization output (patent filing, start-up creation).

Training and Education

The human and equipment resources may be used for the training of students (interns, PhD students, …), engineers and technicians as well as for animation and scientific and technical education programs (seminars, workshops, study sessions, …).


Each facility’s compliance with the guidelines expressed in the book of specifications has to be assessed by an authority appointed by the agencies that allocated the specific resources. The extent by which the facility is open to outside teams should be a major criterion for this purpose. The evaluation is then to occur on a regular basis and will condition the continuation of the funding or the retention of the dedicated staff.


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