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Table 1 Collection development

From: Investment into the future of microbial resources: culture collection funding models and BRC business plans for biological resource centres

Status of collection Characteristics of collection status
Basic level • Basic methods for Biological material preservation are available
  • Basic documentation level
Intermediate level • Sound facilities
  • Good human resources
  • Good technologies in place
  • Electronic catalogues and data management
  • Operating to international criteria
  • Wide stakeholders’ involvement
  • Involvement into regional/national networking
High level • Sustainable human resource training in relevant to BRC domains
  • Collection quality management is in place
  • Intellectual Property Rights regulations, MTAs; biosafety and biosecurity standards are in place
  • Accredited or certified to the operational and quality levels of the International Standards Organization or
  • Equivalent
  • Clear management program and collection’s strategy in place
  • Sustainable fundraising mechanisms with governmental support
  • Raise of public awareness in the domain of Biological Resources preservation
  • Regular monitoring and adjustment of collection needs
  • Leading activity in the regional/national/international networking
BRC • High quality standards collections accredited and certified to the OECD standards
• Functioning according to the OECD instruments