NCPV preserves well characterised, authenticated human pathogenic viruses in a secure facility, and NCPV is able to supply the agents, or nucleic acids derived from them, to the scientific community according to national and international guides.
The collection is primarily comprised of human pathogenic viruses requiring handling at UK biosafety levels 3 or 4, but has expanded to encompass hazard group 2 pathogens. Most of the material is in the form of cell-cultured virus stocks.
Virological materials, particularly in the area of emerging virus diseases, which are not readily available to the wider scientific community are also held in the collection.
NCPV offers a number of services such as safe deposit storage of viruses, providing a safe, secure backup to the customer's own storage facility. NCPV stores and carries out viability testing on virus patent deposits on behalf of ECACC. The collection also provides information and backup to ECACC, and undertakes any virological investigations they may require. NCPV undertakes collaborative projects and contract research/developmental work with academic and commercial partners, particularly by providing expertise in handling high containment pathogens.
Located at Porton Down, NCPV is one of the four collections which constitute the Culture Collections of Public Health England.
NCPV preserves well-characterised, authenticated human pathogenic viruses in a secure facility, and supplies the agents or nucleic acids derived from them to the scientific community according to national and international guidelines.
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Restrictions on the supply of highly pathogenic viruses exist. Individuals and organisations must be registered with the NCPV to access restricted items. If you wish to register please complete the authorisation to access restricted pathogens registration form (opens in new window).
For virological information and to discuss your needs – please contact our Technical Support Desk: email@example.com or +44 (0) 1980 612684.
NCPV supports the European Virus Archive (EVA).
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