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EUCAST Update

EUCAST has recently updated its list of recommended controls for MIC and antibiotic sensitivity testing. Selectrol strains MM24 (E. coli mcr- 1) and MM52 (Enterococcus faecalis) are new additions to the list.

  • Strain MM52 is recommended as a control for vanB-mediated glycopeptide resistance in enterococci.
  • Strain MM24 is recommended to control aspects of testing for beta-lactamase resistance.

2018-07-24

New Selectrol® strains

We are pleased to announce MM62-10 Salmonella Enteritidis NCTC® 12694 / ATCC® 13076 and MM22-10 Proteus mirabilis NCTC® 11938 have now been added to the Selectrol® range.

If you have any questions regarding this addition to the Selectrol® range, please contact our Customer Service team.

2018-05-30

New Selectrol® strain: MM70-10 Burkholderia cepacia NCTC 10661 / ATCC®17759

We are pleased to announce Burkholderia cepacia NCTC 10661 / ATCC®17759 has been added to the Selectrol® range.

Selectrol® is a convenient source of viable micro-organisms which can be used for a variety of quality control and testing applications. For more information and full strain listing please visit our website below. Selectrol® batches are tested for a wide range of identification and characterisation attributes in our UKAS accredited testing laboratory, number 2496. A test report for each batch of Selectrol® is available via this website. The reporting of the test results via the web forms part of the UKAS accredited system.

Selectrol® discs are manufactured exclusively from NCTC® (National Collection of Type Cultures) and NCPF® (National Collection of Pathogenic Fungi). Selectrol® is a guaranteed first generation derivative (a single subculture) from the NCTC/NCPF source strain.

If you have any questions regarding this addition to the Selectrol® range, please contact our Customer Service team.

2017-08-04

TCS BIOSCIENCES LTD, CHANGE NOTICE: CCI 23

It is our intention to change the Manufacturing Process of the products listed below. The details of the change and the reason for it are given below.

If you have any difficulties or concerns accepting the change, please contact us immediately.

Evaluation

A selection of strains was tested for capacity for revival throughout the stated shelf life of each strain, comparing vials some with silica gel and some without silica gel. The selection included the most fastidious organisms in the strain range. None of the strains showed reduced viability in the absence of silica gel.

Consideration

Because Selectrol productions are demand-driven, certain lower-demand strain vials will continue to contain silica gel beyond the date of change; however, over time all strains will be provided without silica gel.

Product: Selectrol Freeze-Dried Cultures.

Proposed Change Date: From July 2017

Change Details:

Silica gel will no longer be added to Selectrol product vials from July 2017.

Reason for Change:

Blue silica gel contains cobalt chloride which is harmful to the environment and a potential hazard for users of the products. In keeping with our ISO 14001 accreditation, we are continually looking to reduce our impact on the environment. In addition, our recent shelf life studies have demonstrated that silica gel does not improve the longevity of the freeze dried discs.

2017-04-26

New Selectrol® Strains for 2017

MM50-10 Saccharomyces cerevisiae NCTC® 10716 / ATCC® 9763 / WDCM 00058

MM51-10 Enterobacter cloacae NCTC® 13406

MM34-10 Escherichia coli (mcr-1) NCTC® 13846 – Coming soon: Q2 2017

MM47-10 Listeria monocytogenes NCTC® 10527 / ATCC® 13932 Available now.

MM53-10 Candida krusei NCPF® 3953 / ATCC® 6258 – Coming soon: Q3 2017

MM54-10 Candida parapsilosis NCPF® 8334 / ATCC® 22019 – Coming soon: Q3 2017

2017-04-26

New Selectrol® strain: MM50-10 Saccharomyces cerevisiae NCTC® 10716 / ATCC® 9763 / WDCM 00058

We are pleased to announce the addition of Saccharomyces cerevisiae, NCTC® 10716/ATCC® 9763 to the Selectrol® range.

MM50-10 Saccharomyces cerevisiae is priced at £28.95 per 10-disc vial.

Selectrol® is a convenient source of viable micro-organisms which can be used for a variety of quality control and testing applications. For more information and full strain listing please visit our website below. Selectrol® batches are tested for a wide range of identification and characterisation attributes in our UKAS accredited testing laboratory, number 2496. A test report for each batch of Selectrol® is available via this website. The reporting of the test results via the web forms part of the UKAS accredited system.

Selectrol® discs are manufactured exclusively from NCTC (NATIONAL COLLECTION OF TYPE CULTURES) and NCPF (NATIONAL COLLECTION OF PATHOGENIC FUNGI). Selectrol® is a guaranteed first generation derivative (a single subculture) from the NCTC/NCPF source strain.

If you have any questions regarding this addition to the Selectrol® range, please contact our Customer Service team.

2017-01-05

New Selectrol® strain: MM51-10 Enterobacter cloacae NCTC® 13406

We are pleased to announce the addition of Enterobacter cloacae, NCTC® 13406 to the Selectrol® range.

MM51-10 Enterobacter cloacae is priced at £28.95 per 10-disc vial.

Selectrol® is a convenient source of viable micro-organisms which can be used for a variety of quality control and testing applications. For more information and full strain listing please visit our website below. Selectrol® batches are tested for a wide range of identification and characterisation attributes in our UKAS accredited testing laboratory, number 2496. A test report for each batch of Selectrol® is available via this website. The reporting of the test results via the web forms part of the UKAS accredited system.

Selectrol® discs are manufactured exclusively from NCTC (NATIONAL COLLECTION OF TYPE CULTURES) and NCPF (NATIONAL COLLECTION OF PATHOGENIC FUNGI).

Selectrol® is a guaranteed first generation derivative (a single subculture) from the NCTC/NCPF source strain.

If you have any questions regarding this addition to the Selectrol® range, please contact our Customer Service team.

2017-01-05

New Selectrol® strain: MM21-10 Bacillus cereus NCTC® 10320 / ATCC® 9634 / WDCM 00001

We are pleased to announce the addition of Bacillus cereus, NCTC® 10320 / ATCC® 9634 to the Selectrol® range. This strain is recommended by ISO 11133 for media QC, and is now available in our popular 10-disc format.

MM21-10 Bacillus cereus is priced at 27.80 per 10-disc vial.

Selectrol® is a convenient source of viable micro-organisms which can be used for a variety of quality control and testing applications. For more information and full strain listing please visit our website below. Selectrol® batches are tested for a wide range of identification and characterisation attributes in our UKAS accredited testing laboratory, number 2496. A test report for each batch of Selectrol® is available via this website. The reporting of the test results via the web forms part of the UKAS accredited system.

Selectrol® discs are manufactured exclusively from NCTC (NATIONAL COLLECTION OF TYPE CULTURES) and NCPF (NATIONAL COLLECTION OF PATHOGENIC FUNGI).

Selectrol® is a guaranteed first generation derivative (a single subculture) from the NCTC/NCPF source strain.

If you have any questions regarding this addition to the Selectrol® range, please contact our Customer Service team.

Selectrol® discs are manufactured exclusively from NCTC (NATIONAL COLLECTION OF TYPE CULTURES) and NCPF (NATIONAL COLLECTION OF PATHOGENIC FUNGI).

Selectrol® is a guaranteed first generation derivative (a single subculture) from the NCTC/NCPF source strain.

If you have any questions regarding this addition to the Selectrol® range, please contact our Customer Service team.

2016-04-27

Strains for Routine and Extended Internal Quality Control

As recommended by EUCAST* - now available from TCS Biosciences Ltd.

TCS Biosciences Ltd are pleased to announce we now offer the full range of strains to meet routine and extended internal quality control as recommended by EUCAST.

MM02 - Escherichia coli NCTC 12241 / ATCC® 25922

MM24 - Escherichia coli NCTC 11954 / ATCC® 35218

MM10 - Pseudomonas aeruginosa NCTC 12903 / ATCC® 27853

MM14 - Staphylococcus aureus NCTC 12973 / ATCC® 29213

MM18 - Enterococcus faecalis NCTC 12697 / ATCC® 29212

MM95 - Streptococcus pneumoniae NCTC 12977 /ATCC® 49619

MM37 - Haemophilus influenzae NCTC 12975 / ATCC® 49766

MM36 - Campylobacter jejuni NCTC 11351 / ATCC®33560

MM83 - Klebsiella pneumoniae NCTC 13368 / ATCC® 700603

MM64 - Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) NCTC 12493

MM52 - Enterococcus faecalis NCTC 13379 / ATCC® 51299

MM81 - Haemophilus influenzae NCTC 12699 / ATCC® 49247

The strains are available to order now.

Manufactured under licence from Public Health England.

NCPF NCTC

* The European Committee on Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing. Breakpoint tables for interpretation of MICs and zone diameters. Version 6.0, 2016. www.eucast.org.

2016-01-21

MM08 Legionella pneumophila serogroup 1
Please note that the storage requirement for MM08 Legionella pneumophila serogroup 1 has changed. We now recommend storage at -30 to -15°C.

2015-10-15

CRE control strains for the detection of Carbapenem resistant Enterobacteriaceae available from TCS Biosciences Ltd.

The following control strains for the detection of Carbapenem resistant Enterobacteriaceae are now available in our product range.

Class A KPC (Klebsiella pneumoniae carbapenemase) enzymes:
MM58 / NCTC 13438 Klebsiella pneumoniae

Class B VIM (Verona Integron-encoded metallo-beta-lactamase) enzymes:
MM55 / NCTC 13440 Klebsiella pneumoniae

Class B NDM (New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase) enzymes:
MM56 / NCTC 13443 Klebsiella pneumoniae

Class B IMP enzymes:
MM57 / NCTC 13476 Escherichia coli

Class D OXA-48 enzyme:
MM59 / NCTC 13442 Klebsiella pneumoniae

Negative control:
MM33 / NCTC 10418 Escherichia coli

2015-07-21

Selectrol® Neisseria gonorrhoeae Strains Changing to a Five Disc Format
Selectrol® Neisseria gonorrhoeae strains containing 10 freeze-dried discs have occasionally shown reduced viability by the time the last discs in a vial are used. This is due to the effect of the repeated thawing and freezing cycles to which the product is subjected during use, which can damage the cells of Neisseria gonorrhoeae to a greater extent than occurs with less fastidious bacteria.

To counteract this problem, Selectrol® products MM05 and MM96 will no longer be supplied in 10-disc format, but will be available in a new 5-disc format, with product codes MM05-5 and MM96-5 respectively. The 5-disc format will ensure that the last disc used contains sufficient viable bacteria to produce adequate growth when cultured.
MM05-5      Neisseria gonorrhoeae NCTC 8375 / ATCC® 19424      5 discs

MM96-5      Neisseria gonorrhoeae NCTC 12700 / ATCC® 49226      5 discs
If you have any questions regarding the new pack size, please contact our Customer Service team.

2014-11-24

New Selectrol® strain: MM08-10 Legionella pneumophila serogroup 1 NCTC® 11192 / ATCC® 33152

We are pleased to announce the addition of Legionella pneumophila serogroup 1, NCTC®11192 / ATCC® 33152 to the Selectrol® range. L. pneumophila SG1 will be available in our popular 10-disc format from January 2015.

L. pneumophila SG1 will be priced at £42.30 per 10-disc vial.

Selectrol® is a convenient source of viable micro-organisms which can be used for a variety of quality control and testing applications. For more information and full strain listing please visit our website below. Selectrol® batches are tested for a wide range of identification and characterisation attributes in our UKAS accredited testing laboratory, number 2496. A test report for each batch of Selectrol® is available via this website. The reporting of the test results via the web forms part of the UKAS accredited system.

Selectrol® discs are manufactured exclusively from NCTC (NATIONAL COLLECTION OF TYPE CULTURES) and NCPF (NATIONAL COLLECTION OF PATHOGENIC FUNGI). Selectrol® is a guaranteed first generation derivative (a single subculture) from the NCTC/NCPF source strain.

If you have any questions regarding this addition to the Selectrol® range, please contact our Customer Service team.

2014-11-12

TCS Biosciences Ltd Selectrol® New Labelling System

We are pleased to announce that as part of our programme of continuous improvement, from September 2013 there will be some changes to the way that we identify and label Selectrol® products.

The key changes are to the format of the product code and lot number. We will also incorporate a barcode which includes all the necessary information for our systems.

Old Label FormatNew Label Format
Product Code: MM12TProduct Code: MM12-10
Lot Number: 12/52Lot Number: 120052
Expiry Date: 2014.07Expiry Date: 2014.07
Old style labelNew style label

Selectrol® certificates will contain the new product code and lot number from September 2013 also.

The Selectrol® product remains unchanged. It is a still a convenient source of viable micro-organisms which can be used for a variety of quality control and testing applications, manufactured under licence from Public Health England. Selectrol® discs are manufactured exclusively from NCTC® (National Collection of Type Cultures) and NCPF® (National Collection of Pathogenic Fungi) and are guaranteed first generation derivatives from the source strain.

If you have any questions regarding the new labels please contact our Customer Service team.

2013-08-05

NEW! Selectrol Traceability Information - April 2012
From May 2012 we will be issuing Selectrol traceability information back to the source NCTC/NCPF batch number. We have always held this information on file for customer reference, but now we are including it on our certificate of testing.

This way, you get ready access to traceability information whenever you need it.

2012-04-19

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