Common Access to Biological Resources and Information
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EBRCN (European Biological Resource Centers Network)
In this section:
- What is EBRCN?
- EBRCN is a project funded by the European Union until April, 2004.
It addresses important issues raised by the current OECD Initiative
on Biological Resource Centres (BRCs) requiring culture collections
to adapt to support biotechnology for the 21st century.
E.g., it aims to:
For more information on the project go to
You can also subscribe to the EBRCN Newsletter through the ad hoc
online form which is available in the "Contacts" section
of this site.
- exploit European expertise in BRCs and Information Technology,
set common policies and maintain high standards of operation,
- allow links to be made between the BRC catalogues and other data
sets and ensure that the large amount of specialised information
that is presently hidden in BRCs is made available and will
utilise a single common website as its electronic centre,
- co-ordinate responses to new initiatives relevant to access
to - and use of - living resources, be they micro-organisms or
ex situ cell lines. It will increase collection capacity and
enable cost-effective introduction of new technologies by
improving efficiency and by coordinating common
- How do EBRCN and CABRI relate?
- EBRCN partners support CABRI as their central electronic
contact point for searches in their catalogues and for distributing
Quality Management Guidelines. CABRI is the base for the EBRCN
"virtual" European BRC.