Members holdings

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 25 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, and 450 monoclonal antibodies.

The development and maintenance of such a diverse collection has inevitably produced a high level of specialist knowledge and this, combined with the support of Public Health England, has enabled ECACC to position itself as a centre of expertise in all aspects of cell culture. ECACC has developed a comprehensive range of cell culture services and diversified into new product areas such as high quality genomic DNA extracted from cell lines.

ECACC is one of the four collections of the Culture Collections of Public Health England.

Services offered

  • Supply of frozen and growing cell cultures
  • Supply of DNA, RNA and cDNA
  • Contract cell banking
  • Cell line authentication services
  • Mycoplasma testing services
  • Epstein Barr Virus transformation from peripheral blood lymphocytes and frozen whole blood
  • Deposit of strains for public access or for safekeeping
  • International Deposit Authority (IDA) for the deposit of biological material under the Budapest Treaty


  • Member of the International Cell Line Authentication Committee (ICLAC). 
  • Molecular authentication methods for cell lines of non-human origin. 
  • Induced pluripotent stem cells.
  • Three dimensional cell culture systems.

Quality Management System

ECACC is certified to BS EN 9001: 2008 and all aspects of the collection are managed in accordance of the requirements of the standard

ECACC is licensed under the Human Tissue Act 2004 for the storage of primary material for research purposes and for human application.