Depositing human stem cell lines in the UK Stem Cell
You will find a step by step guide to
depositing human stem cell lines on the How
to deposit Stem Cells in the UK Stem Cell Bank page
and under the relevant pages by clicking on the relevant section in
For researchers deriving human embryonic stem
cell lines in the UK, it is a condition of the Human Fertilisation
and Embryology Authority (HFEA) licence that a sample of the cell
line(s) must be deposited in the UK Stem Cell Bank.
UK Steering Committee which oversees the activities of the
UKSCB and the use of human stem cell lines in the UK approves all
successful applications to deposit.
Applications to deposit must be submitted to
the UK Steering Committee via the
MRC Secretariat set up for this purpose and not to the
Bank. Details on the application and the supporting
information which must accompany the application can be found on
the application to deposit form.
The UK Steering Committee encourages the
deposition of human embryonic stem cell lines derived outside the
UK, as well as somatic stem cell lines derived in the UK or abroad,
provided they fulfil the criteria laid down by the UK Steering
Committee. You can read more on the 'Reasons for depositing in the UK Stem Cell Bank'
page. Details of the criteria applied by the UK Steering
Committee and examples of the types of stem cell line that may be
deposited are given in the Code of
Practice for the Use of Human Stem Cell Lines.
Subject to the approval obtained by the UK Steering Committee,
applicants will need to sign a legal
Agreement with the Bank and complete cell line related
information forms. The Bank regrets it is unable to accept cells
for deposition without copies of the appropriate signed documents
first having been presented to the Bank. Information on which legal
agreement is required can be obtained by contacting UKSCB enquiries.
To avoid delays, potential depositors are
advised to review all necessary legal agreements as advised by the
UKSCB while their application is being considered by the UK