Biologicals

Distribution: custodian laboratories

WHO Biological Reference Materials are held and distributed by the WHO custodian laboratories. The main custodians of WHO Biological Reference Materials are the:

  • WHO International Laboratory for Biological Standards at the National Institute for Biological Standards and Control (NIBSC), Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, UK;

Other custodian laboratories are:

  • Anti-Viral Research Branch of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), Bethesda, USA;
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta, USA;
  • The European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines & HealthCare (EDQM) Strasbourg, France;
  • Paul Ehrlich Institute, (PEI) Langen, Germany; and
  • University of Washington, Seattle, USA.

They distribute samples of these standards, free of charge, to qualified recipients such as National Control Laboratories (NCLs) for biological products and, with small handling charges, to other organizations such as manufactures and hospital laboratories.

How to Order a Preparation

Requests for International Biological Reference Preparations should be Requests for WHO Biological Reference Materials should be addressed directly to the custodian laboratories, together with a brief summary on the intended use. Address, telephone, fax, and electronic mail of WHO custodian laboratories are as follows:

CDC
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
WHO Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research in Blood Lipids
Environmental Health Laboratory Sciences F25
National Center for Environmental Health
Atlanta GA 30341 - 3724
Tel: 1 - 770 488 7952
Fax: 1 - 770 488 483

EDQM
The European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines & Healthcare
Council of Europe
7 allee Kastner, CS 30026
F-67081 Strasbourg
Tel: +33 390 214855
Fax: +33 388 412771
Email: karl.buchheit@edqm.eu

NIAID / NIH
National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
National Institute of Health (NIH)
NIAID Office of Communications & Public Liaison
6610 Rockledge Drive, MSC 6612
Bethesda, MD 20892-6612
USA
Tel: 1301 496 5717
Fax: 1301 402 3573

NIBSC
International Laboratory for Biological Standards
National Institute for Biological Standards and Control (NIBSC)
Blanche Lane, South Mimms
Potters Bar, Herts EN6 3QG, UK.
Tel. +44 1707 641064
Fax +44 1707 641050
e-mail: standards@nibsc.org

University of Washington
North West Lipid Research Laboratories
212N 35th Street
Seattle
Washington 98103 USA
Tel: +1 206 685 3331
Fax: +1 206 685 3279

Paul-Ehrlich-Institut (PEI)
Federal Institute for Vaccines and Biomedicines
Paul-Ehrlich-Str. 51-59
63225 Langen
Germany
Tel: +49 6103 770
Fax: +49 6103 77123
Email: whoccivd@pei.de

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Last update:

21 November 2013 13:29 CET