CCUG accepts strains from clinical, industry and environmental research laboratories for characterisation and identification. Identification is dependent upon the state of the taxonomy at the time of analyses. The CCUG identification reports explain identification issues and nomenclature; they are not suitable for use in legal disputes. Further analyses may be requested by the customer and additional analysis may be initiated by CCUG; new reports may be produced in due course. Strains submitted for identification may be maintained in the CCUG, unless otherwise agreed with the customer. The policy of the CCUG is to list strains on-line that have been received. CCUG Curator makes final decisions concerning entry or withdrawal of strains from the on-line database.

Sweden is signatory to recommendations of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the regulations of the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS). As such, CCUG is obligated to insure that sources and histories of strains, as well as agreements regarding acquisitions, transfers and utilization of strains, are documented.

If a strain has been deposited in CCUG, it is understood that it may be distributed to third parties; exceptions require written agreement between the Depositor and the CCUG Curator. In such cases, restrictions must be provided, accompanying strains and accepted by CCUG. CCUG agrees to requested restrictions only in exceptional cases. In general, CCUG does not accept patent strains for long-term storage. Strains deposited from industry will be listed on-line as 'depositor is anonymous'.

Customers may obtain information through the CCUG on-line search engine. CCUG holds well-characterised reference strains, but also poorly described strains; it is essential that customers carefully check information displayed on-line. CCUG staff is able to provide authentication and quality control information on many strains and to guide customers toward strains for their work

Every effort is made to ensure the authenticity and the highest possible quality of strain material. Virtually all strains leaving the CCUG have undergone a quality control for viability, purity and authenticity. However, the CCUG does not issue any warranty. Customers will receive free replacements if dispatched strains are found to be unsuitable by the CCUG.

CCUG does not maintain viruses or obligately symbiotic microorganisms. CCUG maintains a small collection of yeast and filamentous fungi to facilitate national accreditation. For work with yeast and fungi, customers should contact an international mycology collection (see links for Culture Collections).

Customers accept responsibility to confirm whether he/she fulfils national laws and regulations for handling the microorganisms ordered. CCUG does not send strains to private individuals, except in particular cases. Risk Group 3 and other potentially hazardous strains (dual-use) are distributed under national and EU regulations

Neither CCUG nor the Department of Clinical Microbiology of Sahlgrenska University Hospital is responsible or liable for damages or injuries resulting from the handling of strains received.

Last updated: 2018 May 25