to the Bulgarian national collection for microorganisms and cell cultures


ISO 9001:2015 Certificate

The National Bank for Industrial Microorganisms and Cell Cultures (NBIMCC) was established in 1984 as State scientific budget organization, successor to the Bulgarian Type Culture Collection (BTCC), founded in 1950.

Since August 2011, the NBIMCC is transformed in a specialized institute with the same name in the structure of the University of Chemical Technology and Metallurgy.

NBIMCC Management system is certified according to the quality standard ISO 9001:2015 for preservation, supply, import and export of microorganisms and cell cultures.

NBIMCC maintains almost 7400 strains including bacteria, actinomycetes, yeasts, fungi, plasmid-bearing microorganisms, animal and plant viruses, and animal cell cultures. They belong to more than 950 species from 300 genera and most of them could be found only in NBIMCC. The preserved strains are useful and applicable in health services, industry, agriculture, education and research investigations.




·      Registered under No. 135 at the World Federation of Culture Collections (WFCC)

·      Member of the European Culture Collections Organization (ECCO)

·      International depositary authority under to the "Budapest Treaty on the International Recognition of the Deposit of Microorganism for the Purposes of Patent Procedure" by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

·      Partner in an international project for developing a European Biological Resource Centres Network (EBRCN). EBRCN is continuation of the project for Common Access to Biological Resources and Information (CABRI).