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Nagoya Protocol for ‘Collection Holders’, Brussels 6 July 2017

Our Collections Officer, Samantha Law, has attended a number of workshops regarding the guidance documents under the EU Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) Regulation implementing the Nagoya Protocol (Regulation (EU) No 511/2014).  Of particular interest was the ‘Collection Holders’ workshop held in Brussels on the 6 July 2017, where a number of ECCO members were present.

During this workshop, a preliminary draft version of the guidance document for Collection Holders that have been drafted by the GDG was presented to an audience of about 50 participants (competent authorities, national and European experts, and national and European stakeholders). Those present were able to give feedback about this document at the time.  After the workshop, Samantha also collated feedback from ECCO members and reported this back to the consultants.  She will keep everyone informed of any updates regarding this.

Version 2.4 Draft – 26 June 2017 of the “Guidance Document for Collection Holders” can be downloaded through this link.

CABI ‘Preserving, storing and maintaining microorganisms’ training course (12-14th September 2017)

CABI announces training course in preserving, storing and maintaining microorganisms 12-14 September 2017

CABI is pleased to offer a three-day training course in Preserving, storing and maintaining microorganisms (12-14th September 2017). Presented by staff from CABI, this course will be of interest to everyone involved in the handling, distribution and storage of microorganisms. The training covers all aspects of culture preservation, maintenance and culture collection management and complies with the quality standards set by the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development) for best practice with biological resource collections. CABI has substantial expertise in the preservation and maintenance of cultures of bacteria and fungi and a long history in training scientists, technicians and students from around the world. The course will be based at CABI, Bakeham Lane, Egham, Surrey, TW20 9TY, UK.


For full details and to apply online, please visit our website:

Microorganisms: Good or Evil, MIRRI Provides Biosecurity Awareness

As a result of the MIRRI project, a new paper on biosecurity written by David Smith, Dunja Martin and Tatyana Novossiolova has been published.

We are sure you will find it very interesting. The complete text can be found in the following link:

Microorganisms: Good or Evil, MIRRI Provides Biosecurity Awareness

Please, feel free to add your comments on the paper using the ‘Leave a Reply’ section on this post.


Nagoya Protocol and ABS. Intro

Dear coleagues.

According what was discussed in the ECCO XXXV meeting in Aberdeen, a new section in the eccosite is being created. The Nagoya protocol and ABS section. The idea is to include interesting links and help to try to facilitate to the Culture Collections to comply with the Nagoya protocol.

Please, feel free to send me all the comments you may have about it.

You can access the Nagoya protocol web page at the CBD site here.


ECCO XXXV Registration Form Test

Registration closed on 25th October 2016

European Middle Eastern & African Society for Biopreservation & Biobanking Conference and Public Lectures (London)

These public lectures on Friday 2nd October are part of the ESBB conference on Biobanking for environment, nature and clinical medicine at London Olympia & the Royal Geographical Society. The conference will feature a wide variety of fascinating content from across the biobanking spectrum.  There will be sessions on Cryobiology, Biobanking for Metabolomics and Proteomics, ‘Big Data’, Environmental Biobanking, Biobank Assessment, Biobanking Education and ELSI in Biobanking. There will be contributed paper sessions where talks are selected from submitted abstracts as well as poster viewing and discussion sessions, with prizes for the best posters.
At the conference exhibition, vendors from around the world will demonstrate the latest products, services, and technology in the field of repository and specimen collection. In addition, there will be commercial workshops, and the “Mission Possible” vendor-guided practical sessions.



1) Ownership and access to personal (genetic) information in future healthcare.

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(2) Brave New World of Stem Cell Banking and Technology for Environment, Nature and Human Health

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The public lecture sessions run in parallel from 13:30 to 17:00. Each one contains lectures by 3 excellent speakers, followed by public discussion for over 1 hour. Admission for members of the general public is FREE!

Guidance on regulations for the Transport of Infectious Substances 2015-2016

The new version of  ‘Guidance on regulations for the Transport of Infectious Substances 2015-2016’, applicable as from 1 January 2015 can be downloaded from the World Health Organization website. As stated in this site:



‘This publication provides information for identifying, classifying, marking, labelling, packaging, documenting and refrigerating infectious substances for transportation and ensuring their safe delivery.

The document provides practical guidance to facilitate compliance with applicable international regulations for the transport of infectious substances by all modes of transport, both nationally and internationally, and include the changes that apply from 1 January 2015. The current revision replaces the document issued by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2012 (document WHO/CDS/EPR/2012.12). This publication, however, does not replace national and international transport regulations.’

This document can be download directly from the image above or in the following page:

ECCO XXXIV Presentations

Below you can download the slides of the ECCO XXXIV presentations in pdf format.


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A novel and rapid process for ambient temperature preservation of microorganisms. Sebastien Keller (

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Actual developments in normative regulations for Biological Resource Centers – the ISO initiatives on Biotechnology and Biorisk Management. Dunja Martin (DSMZ)

Contribution of metagenomics (barcoding and metabarcoding) in the study of fungal diversity. Marc Buée (INRA Nancy)

Contribution of metagenomics (barcoding and metabarcoding) in the study of fungal diversity. Marc Buée (INRA Nancy)

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Differential gene retention as an evolutionary mechanism to generate biodiversity and adaptation in yeasts. Serge Casaregola (INRA. CIRM-Levures)

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ELIXIR-Europe: Sustainable Sharing of Life Science Data. N. Blomberg

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Genome sequence of Staphylococcus sciuri as a milestone in the understanding of the evolution of the Staphylococcaceae family. Olivier Chesneau (Institut Pasteur)

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Genomic epidemiology of bacterial pathogens. Sylvain Brisse (Institut Pasteur)

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Impact on culture collections of the EU Regulation on ABS. Gerard Verkley (CBS)

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Microbiology, genomics and postgenomics applied to the Pasteur Culture Collection of Cyanobacteria (PCC). Muriel Gugger (Institut Pasteur)

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New insights in the taxonomy of plant-pathogenic and plant-associated bacteria in the Enterobacteriaceae. Ilse Cleenwerck (BCCM-LMG)

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Output from MIRRI WP9, the Code of Conduct on BRCs and subsequent activities. David Smith, Dunja Martin, Christine Rohde and Gerard Verkley

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The Microbial Resource Research Infrastructure (MIRRI). Approaching the end of the Preparatory Phase. Erko Stackebrandt

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The Nagoya Protocol and mBRCs: towards a MIRRI Best Practice for Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS). Gerard Verkley, Dunja Martin and David Smith

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Understanding the emergence of Group B Streptococcus neonatal infections by the genomic analysis of today’s and collection isolates. Philippe Glaser (Institut Pasteur)

Assessment of DNA encapsulation, a new room-temperature DNA storage method

Clermont D, Santoni S, Saker S, Gomard M, Gardais E, Bizet C.

Biopreserv Biobank. 2014 Jun;12(3):176-83. doi: 10.1089/bio.2013.0082.

Effect of chemical stabilizers on the thermostability and infectivity of a representative panel of freeze dried viruses

Pastorino B, Baronti C, Gould EA, Charrel RN, de Lamballerie X

PLoS One. 2015 Apr 29;10(4):e0118963. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0118963. eCollection 2015.