National Institute for Biological Standards and Control
The National Institute for Biological Standards and Control (NIBSC) is a government agency that works in the field of biological standardisation and is part of the United Kingdom's Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). It is responsible for developing and producing over 90% of the biological international standards in use around the world.
|Legal status||Government agency|
|Purpose||Biological standards, medicines control and research|
|300 staff (200 scientists)|
|Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency|
|Affiliations||BBSRC, MRC, WHO, NHS, Dstl|
The Institute is the UK's Official Medicines Control Laboratory, responsible for independent regulatory testing of biological medicines within the framework of the European Union. It is also host to the UK's stem cell bank and is a key research centre in the field of pandemic influenza.