Culture Collections of Public Health England

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.

ECACC is one of the four collections of the Culture Collections of Public Health England. As has been the case since its inception, ECACC continues to operate out of the Porton Down site, which is part of Public Health England, UK

The European Collection of Cell Cultures (ECACC) was established in 1984 as a cell culture collection to service the research community and provide an International Depository Authority recognised patent depository for Europe. Over the last 30 years ECACC has expanded and diversified to become one of the premier collections of authenticated cell cultures in the world and this remains the core of ECACC’s business. The collections currently hold over 40,000 cell lines representing 45 different species, 50 tissue types, 300 HLA types, 450 monoclonal antibodies and at least 800 genetic disorders. ECACC supplies globally through distributors which includes Sigma-Aldrich, DSPharma and CellBank Australia. 

Key staff involved in EBiSC

Julie E. Russell (Head of Culture Collections) –

Dr Bryan Bolton (Head of Business Development and External Communications) – Project Manager for EBiSC at ECACC and WP6.1 leader

Dr Isobel Atkin (External Communications Manager) – responsible for all Culture Collections website content and marketing communications

Trisha Rawat (IT Delivery Manager) – responsible for all technical IT issues and delivery of IT systems within Culture Collections

Mrs Dawn Osborne (Logistics Manager) – responsible for storage, inventory and sales order processing within Culture Collections. 

More information: www.phe-culturecollections.org.uk/collections/ecacc.aspx »