Strain Distribution

Ordering information

For ordering patented strains please see patent deposits.

In case of ordering from the NCAIM collection, the first order should be sent by mail or fax, written on paper with the customer's official letterhead, signed by an authorized person. Subsequent orders can be sent via e-mail. By placing an order for microorganism culture(s) our customers accept our Material Transfer Agreement (MTA).


Price for liophilized cultures: 35 EUR/strain (for universities)
  50 EUR/strain (for other institutions)
Price for active cultures: 60 EUR/strain
Handling charge (in case of Hazard Group 1):  20 EUR/shipment
Handling charge (in case of Hazard Group 2): 50 EUR/shipment




Those who receive NCAIM strains are responsible for their safe storage, handling and use. The NCAIM can not consider claims or accept responsibility for damages or injuries resulting from use, storage or loss of a NCAIM culture. Although every effort is made to insure authenticity and reliability of deposited strains, NCAIM is not liable for damages arising from accidental misidentification or misrepresentation of strains.


Hungarian regulations relating to the transport of biological materials

  (From the 3rd enclosure of the standard agreement of the Hungarian Post)


Perishable, infectious biological materials:

Perishable, infectious biological materials can only be transported internationally to those countries, which declared that they accept such consignments. Such materials can be shipped only by officially recognized laboratories to one another. The shipment can be mailed as registered  letter by air, in the following packaging:   

  • The sender has to guarantee, that the consignments are packed on such a way, that they will arrive in undamaged faultless condition at the place of destination and during their transfer will not cause hazard to the living beings and to the natural environment.
  • The packaging should be composed of the following basic elements: an airtight primary inner container; an airtight second inner casing; an outer casing of suitable strength, with such solidity that matches the requirements prescribed by the regulations of the international organizations; furthermore a moisture trapping material, placed between the primary container and the second inner casing. If several primary containers are placed into a single second inner casing, those should be wrapped one by one on such a way that excludes any contact among them. The amount of the moisture trapping material (e.g. cotton-wool) should be sufficient to absorb the whole content.
  • The materials transported on ambient or higher temperature should primarily be placed  in containers. These containers can be made of glass, metal or plastic. In order to assure the air tightness effective tools should be used, such as heat sealing, covering plug or metal cap. The screw cap should be strengthened by adhesive tape.
  • The materials refrigerated (by ice, frozen swabs, dry ice) during transportation must not be placed into primary container sealed by screw cap. The ice ore dry ice should be placed outside the secondary packaging material. Inner stiffing should be used to keep the second casing or casings in their original position even in case of melting of the ice or dry ice. If ice is applied, the outer casing should be airtight, if dry ice is applied, the outer casing should allow the leaving of carbon-dioxide.
  • Transportation by air is accompanied by the change of air pressure. If the material is enclosed in sealed ampoule or plugged glass, it is required, that the containers should be strong enough to withstand the changes of air pressure.


Perishable, noninfectious biological materials:

Those biological materials that do not contain viable pathogens (bacterium, virus), should be packed in waterproof inner container and outer protective container. Moisture trapping material should be placed into the inner container or between the inner and the outer container.  The amount of moisture trapping material should be sufficient to absorb the whole liquid content in case of breaking. The content of both the outer and inner containers should be wrapped on such a way that do not allow the change of their position. During transportation in frozen state and packaging with ice,  the preservation of the heat sensitive materials should be assured separately.