Public Health England 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.
The collections are:
The European Collection of Cell Cultures (ECACC) for cell lines.
The National Collection of Type Cultures (NCTC) for bacteria.
The National Collection of Pathogenic Viruses (NCPV) for viruses.
The National Collection of Pathogenic Fungi (NCPF) for fungi.