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Material Transfer Agreement (MTA) Template

SBP Material Transfer Agreement (MTA) templates govern the transfer and use of biological material or biological resources (i.e. biological material and associated data) made available by a provider to a non-profit third party wishing to use this research material for its own research purposes. The templates are intended to be used by Swiss Biobanking Platform (SBP) partners who work in compliance with the governance principles issued from applicable ethical and legal requirements and follow professional biobanking standards as stated in their Biobank Regulation. Their use is limited to exchange between academic institutions and is not suitable for exchange between for-profit organizations.

An MTA must be concluded between legal entities, which are to be bound by the contractual provisions, not between individual scientists involved in the transfer and the related research, since they might not be able to guarantee the implementation of the contractual obligations.

In the majority of instances this template will be suitable without changes. Marked fields must be completed. In certain settings, modifications will be necessary. If required, specific legal advice should be sought.


The following templates are intended to facilitate the exchange of human or veterinary biological material or resources between academic institutions in Switzerland.

Download the MTA 2.0

The Project Agreement is an interactive form and is to be opened and edited exclusively using Acrobat Reader.

Download the MTA 1.0

Download the Veterinary MTA


The Data Transfer and Use Agreement (DTUA) template of SPHN governs the transfer and use of data that is made available by a provider to a non-profit third party, which wishes to use this data for its own research purpose. This template aims to facilitate data exchange within Switzerland.


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