Culture Collections

Sterility testing service

ECACC offers a sterility testing service; cell lines and cell culture media can be submitted for testing to determine if microbial contamination is present. This is carried out using classical culture techniques, which are compared to positive and negative controls.

ECACC isolates bacteria and fungi using two United States Pharmacopeia (USP)/European Pharmacopeia (EP) recommended media:

  • Fluid thioglycollate medium (FTM) for the detection of aerobic and anaerobic bacteria.
  • Tryptose soya broth (TSB) for the detection of aerobes, facultative anaerobes and fungi.

Price (per sample) £118.45


Bacteria and fungi testing by culture to FDA Code of Federal Regulations. Title 21 (610.12)


Find out how to submit samples for mycoplasma and sterility testing


Please note that our last QC testing dates before Christmas 2018 are as follows:

  • 15th November  - samples which require Culture Isolation to be completed before Christmas (results due 21st December)
  • 27th November - frozen samples which require Culture Isolation must be received
  • 4th December - last date for Culture Isolation testing of growing samples (results due 2nd January 2019)
  • 6th December - frozen samples for Hoechst, PCR and sterility must be received
  • 14th December - last testing date for growing samples (excluding Culture Isolation) 

Full testing services will resume 8th January 2019.

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