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ATCC Standards Resource(TM) Boosted By Support From CLSI.

MANASSAS, Va. -- A collaboration between ATCC([R]) (American Type Culture Collection) and the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute([R]) (CLSI, formerly NCCLS) greatly enhances the usefulness and value of ATCC's Web-based standards resource to both CLSI members and other laboratory scientists in need of standard test methods.

This collaboration enhances the ATCC Standards Resource, providing mutual customers of the two organizations with rapid access to cross-referenced information about widely used microbiology test methods and laboratory procedural standards from CLSI that cite ATCC products.

Part of the wider ATCC standards program, the Web-based resource is a searchable database of standard test methods and commercial assays that is linked to information on ATCC's collection of reference cultures. The search tool allows scientists and laboratory professionals to determine which ATCC-held bacteria, viruses, fungi or cell lines are specified in CLSI standards.

"CLSI's participation with the ATCC Standards Resource makes up-to-date information on a wide range of CLSI documents easily available," said Joseph Perrone, ScD, Vice President for the Standards Program at ATCC.

"Websites for the two organizations will be conveniently linked so that users can quickly find and purchase procedural standards and the ATCC biological reference materials needed to carry out those standards," Perrone added.

ATCC cultures are commonly used as standard controls in areas as diverse as clinical laboratory testing, environmental monitoring and pharmaceutical development. They are also used widely in biological testing for industrial-scale manufacturing of foods, beverages, textiles, paint, cosmetics and personal care products.

Users of the ATCC Standards Resource can enter a specific CLSI standard and the Web tool will return information about the ATCC reference materials necessary for carrying out that procedure. The search tool can be accessed through ATCC at www.atcc.org.

"With ATCC and CLSI working together, there will be mutual benefits for clinical laboratory scientists in a host of fields in which microorganisms are used for testing," said CLSI Executive Vice President, Glen Fine.

For over 80 years, ATCC has played a key role in the area of standards. ATCC uses meticulous characterization and preservation methods that maintain reference materials in a manner that permits reproducibility of results across time and among laboratories around the world.

About ATCC

Since 1925, ATCC, also known as American Type Culture Collection, has set the standard for authentication and distribution of biological reference materials for life science research in the public and private sectors. ATCC's mission is to acquire, authenticate, preserve, develop, and distribute biological materials, information, technology, intellectual property, and standards for the advancement, validation, and application of scientific knowledge. Visit us online at: www.atcc.org.

About CLSI

Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute([R]) (CLSI, formerly NCCLS) is a global, nonprofit organization whose vision is to be the leader in clinical and laboratory standards to improve the quality of medical care. Established in 1968, CLSI's mission is to develop best practices in clinical and laboratory testing and promote their use throughout the world, using a consensus-driven process that balances the viewpoints of industry, government, and the healthcare professions. For more information on CLSI and its global efforts in standardization, visit us online at www.clsi.org.
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