Developing standards for a global biological resource centre network


To co-ordinate Biological Resources Centres through a Secretariat based in Braunschweig, Germany to demonstrate the value of networking activities, developing common approaches and enhancing coverage of available organisms and information to meet user requirements.

The demonstration project Secretariat co-ordinates activities to deliver:

  • A strategy for setting up a GBRCN
  • An infrastructure with governance mechanisms
  • A Secretariat structure and function
  • A programme of activities
  • A GBRCN differentiated from existing networks and organisations
  • Implementation of OECD Best Practice assessed by independent third parties

A critical mass of micro-organism domain candidate BRCs have been assembled to deliver a working model for a GBRCN.


To enhance the efficiency in collections of laboratory held, living biological material, by co-ordinating and driving activities to meet user needs. A network designed to accommodate the future needs of bio­tech­nology and biomedicine.

The complexity of legitimate collection, distribution and use of living biological material demands the coordination and sharing of activities. The task of ex-situ conservation is enormous and exceeds the technical potential of an individual collection in any individual country. Adequate collection management of well preserved and authenticated organisms is essential to guarantee quality and safety in the various areas of application, to allow controlled access to potentially hazardous organisms and to ease and improve the advantageous utilisation of the materials for health and environment.

The present partnership brings together 15 countries with the World Federation for Culture Collections (WFCC), a global network and regional networks, the European Culture Collections' Organisation (ECCO) and the Asian Consortium for Microorganisms (ACM).