The National Collection of Type Cultures (NCTC) supplies reference bacterial cultures, including many type strains, of medical, scientific and veterinary importance worldwide. NCTC strains support academic, health, food and veterinary institutions and are used in microbiology laboratories in a range of different sectors and in research institutes worldwide. Founded in 1920, NCTC is the longest-established collection of its type anywhere in the world, and also serves as a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Microbial Resource Centre (MIRCEN).
The collection (which is certified to BS EN ISO 9001:2008) comprises over 5,000 bacterial cultures, all of which are available in a freeze-dried (lyophilised) format. A selection of strains are also available in a simple single-use LENTICULE disc format.
NCTC provides a range of associated services which include an International Depository Authority (IDA) patent depository for bacterial cultures.
NCTC is one of four culture collections that constitute the Culture Collections of Public Health England and has access to the wide-ranging expertise of an internationally-renowned body of specialists in clinical, food, water and environmental microbiology, genomics and proteomics, from across the wider PHE organisation.
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