Culture Collections

Last remaining spaces available!

There are limited spaces left on the ECACC four day cell culture course on 11-14 October. The course takes you through the biology, characterisation and selection of cell lines and there is an introduction to stem cell biology, novel 3D cell culture strategies and experimental design, and troubleshooting in the cell culture lab. Find out more information and secure a place.

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Over 1500 bacterial isolates sequenced in the NCTC 3000 project

In a bid to improve public health research and clinical diagnostics, over 1500 bacterial isolates have been sequenced as part of the NCTC 3000 project. The project aims to generate reference genomes for 3000 NCTC bacteria and it is hoped that the data will be used to inform and direct research, and to advance clinical diagnostics.

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Start of the new term - new cell line project check list

Are you about to start a new research project using cell lines? ECACC has put together a check list to help you get started. Why not order a free copy of our new edition lab handbook or watch our cell culture videos on YouTube. We have hundreds of iPSC lines to order and offer authentication services to ensure that you are not working with cells that are misidentified or cross contaminated.

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Why Choose Us?

Public Health England (PHE) is the custodian of four unique collections that consist of expertly preserved, authenticated cell lines and microbial strains of known provenance for use in medical science and laboratory healthcare.

All the collections are developed, managed and maintained by highly trained, dedicated staff who work in accordance with internationally recognised quality standards including certification to ISO 9001:2008.

Cultures from the collections are used by scientists who need to reassure themselves and others that the materials they are using are authentic, so the conclusions to their studies are valid and relevant. This is particularly important where research may lead to peer-reviewed publications, for example, in drug discovery and vaccine efficacy studies. Authenticated reference strains are also of paramount importance for clinical diagnostic testing, food, water and environmental microbiology testing and validation studies.

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Cell lines

The European Collection of Authenticated Cell Cultures (ECACC) maintains and supplies over 40,000 cell lines and their derivatives such as DNA, RNA and cDNA.





The National Collection of Type Cultures (NCTC) maintains and supplies over 5000 bacteria and mycoplasma strains.





The National Collection of Pathogenic Viruses (NCPV) maintains and supplies over 700 viruses and viral nucleic acid.





The National Collection of Pathogenic Fungi (NCPF) maintains and supplies over 4000 fungal strains.


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