Pricing information and how to order

The vast majority of strains in the collection are available for immediate dispatch. Where possible, we will endeavour to dispatch any orders received before 14:00 hours the same day by Royal Mail Special Delivery or International Tracked (& Signed). Orders required to be sent by courier are usually send on the day they are received or the next working day.

Before ordering

Before ordering, please read our Material Transfer Agreement. Conditions of supply are governed by this agreement and all users of NCIMB cultures are bound by the terms contained therein.


Reference cultures can be ordered by email, by downloading and completing our order form, or via our online catalogue.

  • All orders must provide full delivery and invoicing addresses together with a contact telephone number and accounts' email address.
  • Prepayment is required for new overseas customers.  We can accept payment by bank transfer, credit card (Visa and Mastercard - we do not accept American Express), or provide a URL secure link on request.
  • Invoices for EU countries are issued in both UK pounds and Euros.
  • Invoices for US are issued in both UK pounds and US dollars.

Please note:

All cultures supplied by NCIMB are, to the best of our knowledge, free of background IP or ownership issues that prevent or restrict scientific research associated with those cultures. Should there be any pre-conditions attached to the release or use of an NCIMB culture outside those already stipulated in our standard Material Transfer Agreement (MTA), we will inform the purchaser in advance.

It is ultimately the responsibility of the end user to ensure that any development, commercial exploitation or use of cultures supplied does not infringe patent or other IP or ownership rights already granted, or have any obligations with regard to the country of origin as laid down in the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

For more information about the implications of the CBD for culture collection users and depositors, please see our CBD information sheet.


  • There are two bands of pricing for reference strains from the culture collection. The price band of each strain is specified in its entry in our online catalogue.
  • VAT will be added to the invoice total for UK customers.
Prices from 1 August 2022 Band A reference strains Band B reference strains Bacteriophage
Ampoules and liquid nitrogen  vials from stock (without sub-culture) £130 £274 £274
Active cultures £260 £548 N/A

Postage and handling charges

ACDP Hazard Category UK Postage* Overseas Postage*#
1 £14.50 £58 (includes handling charge)  Orders dispatched by “Signed for International” mail.
2 £20.50 £160 (includes packing and administration charge)

*Up to 10 items. For greater quantities, please contact us. Prices, postage and handling costs are subject to change without notice. #Transport of bacteria by airmail is prohibited to some countries; we ship ACDP category 2 strains by Fedex. If you wish to use a different courier we will charge an additional admin fee.  Please contact us for more information.

Explanatory note on equivalency

There is some overlap in strain holdings between major culture collections, where the same strain has been deposited in multiple collections. Culture collections share this information where it is known, and most publish a list of "equivalents".

No culture collection can absolutely guarantee strain equivalency as errors occasionally happen and in a very few cases genetic drift may alter the properties of the strain between collections. However these are rare occurrences, and it is generally accepted that, for example, when a collection states that Pseudomonas aeruginosa NCIMB 8295 = NCTC 10332 = DSM 50071 = CECT 110 = CIP 63.52 these cultures will be indistinguishable from one another. You can read more about strain equivalency in this article by NCIMB's culture collection curator

Please note that claims of "equivalency" by NCIMB do not make any claim upon the handling rights or ownership of that strain. Each culture collection has its own conditions of supply and/or MTA which may place restrictions or undertakings when using that strain. All culture collection users should take care to read those conditions when purchasing any organism from a culture collection.