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Our COVID-19 response: 23 October 2020

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Dispatch and service update:

European Collection of Authenticated Cell Cultures (ECACC)

ECACC are accepting orders and dispatch of in stock items has returned to normal.

Due to the on-going impact of COVID-19, the manufacture of out of stock products has been delayed. The production of nucleic acids and growing cultures has been suspended as our scientists remain deployed to PHE’s coronavirus response.

The following ECACC services are now available:

Please contact for specific product enquiries.

Customers should continue to place new orders through our distribution partners (SIGMA, KAC, CellBank Australia) to ensure the quickest delivery of their ordered items.


National Collection of Type Cultres (NCTC), National Collection of Pathogenic Viruses (NCPV) and National Collection of Pathogenic Fungi (NCPF)

Dispatch of orders (excluding restricted products) has resumed with an estimated delivery of two weeks.


More information

GOV.UK: coronavirus action plan
GOV.UK: information on coronavirus and the situation in the UK
NHS England: coronavirus for health professionals


Reviewed 23 October 2020 - Information updated 

Reviewed 29 September 2020 - Information updated

Reviewed 02 September 2020 - Information remains unchanged

Reviewed 21 August 2020 - Information remains unchanged 

Reviewed 16 July 2020 - Information updated 

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