Culture Collections



The Culture Collections of the UK Health Security Agency are responsible for making biological resources available for use in a vast array of activities that contribute to improvements in human health. We are committed to the provision of quality products, advice, information, data and technical support for people who use the products and services that we provide to help them produce meaningful, accurate and valid scientific results.

You can view our quality policy here.

ISO 9001:2015

Lloyds Register ISO 9001   We have a quality management system in place that has been externally assessed to the international standard ISO 9001:2015. Compliance with this standard requires that we have authorised documented procedures for all our activities, robust training plans for our staff and processes for documenting feedback, comments and complaints.
ISO Certificate   ISO 9001:2015 certificate 



 ISO/IEC 17025:2017 

UKAS 8552 Testing  

The National Collection of Type Cultures (NCTC) and the European Collection of Authenitcated Cell Cultures (ECACC) Quality Control testing methods are accredited in accordance with the recognised International Standard to ISO/IEC 17025:2017 General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories.



 Certificate ISO 17025  

ISO/IEC 17025:2017 certificate

ISO/IEC 17025:2017 schedule 


Human Tissue Authority

Human Tissue Act Screenshot


Human Tissue Act 2004 - Licence 12646

The Human Tissue Act (HTA) regulates removal, storage and use of human tissue - defined as material that has come from a human body and consists of, or includes, human cells, and is regulated in England, Wales and Northern Ireland by the Human Tissue Authority. Under the requirements of the Human Tissue Act, it is unlawful to carry out these licensable activities without a licence.

The EU Tissue and Cells Directive (EUTCD) lays down standards of quality and safety for the donation, procurement, testing, processing, preservation, storage and distribution of human tissue and cells, to make it safer and easier to exchange tissue and cells between EU member states. The HTA are the Competent Authority in the UK for regulating establishments using human tissue for human application.

The European Collection of Authenticated Cell Cultures (ECACC) is licensed under section 16 of the Human Tissue Act 2004 for the storage of material (whole blood and peripheral blood lymphocytes) for specific research purposes.


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