The CRBIP  (Biological Resource Center of Institut Pasteur) holds collections of biological materials and the information associated with them.

The Centre de Ressources Biologiques de l’Institut Pasteur, CRBIP, was created in 2002 as a transversal functional structure that encompasses the five biobanks of the Institut Pasteur, Paris, for a common strategy aligned with the strategic plan of the Institute. The following Pasteurian biobanks are part of the CRBIP:

  1. The ICAReB (Investigation Clinique et Accès aux Ressources Biologiques), which holds more than 13000 human samples from healthy volunteers;
  2. The PCC (Pasteur Culture collection of Cyanobacteria), which is the world’s reference collection of Cyanobacteria;
  3. The CIP (Collection de l’Institut Pasteur) which preserves more than 15K bacteria from Pasteur’s era until today and is among the top 5 most diverse bacterial collection in the world;
  4. The CNCM (Collection Nationale  de Cultures de Micro-organismes), which is the only International Deposit Authority in France and
  5. The CVIP (Collection de Virus de l’Institut Pasteur) holding more than 500 viral strains and recently re-opened for distribution.

The ICAReB, the PCC and the CIP are the founding biobanks of the CRBIP, along with the UMIP (the yeast and fungi culture collection). The CVIP was created in 2002 and has been closed since 2004, it is reopened this year for distribution of viruses. The CNCM joined the CRBIP in December 2018.

The quality of our products

Despite the diversity of its biological resources, the CRBIP has managed to implement a harmonized quality management system with common processes to the three original biobanks of the CRBIP. Since 2009, the CRBIP is certified, under the French standard NF S96-900, which is the specific reference to biological resources centres (BRCs) and the precursor of the ISO 20387 for biobanking. This certification is applicable to the ICAReB, the PCC and the CIP.


This means that all the strains and samples that are deposited in our biobanks and proposed to our customers are produced under strict rules of quality control that ensure proper preservation and traceability. The CRBIP distributes its biological resources in France and abroad following safety standards for health and the respect of the environment in compliance with international laws and regulations.


Placing an order

If you are interested in obtaining a biological resource from our biobanks, please refer to the proper biobank depending on its nature:

  • For human samples: the ICAReB (Investigation Clinique et Accès aux Ressources Biologiques) holds more than 13000 samples from healthy volunteers that are available for the scientific community. The full access procedure is described here, check out ICAReB’s catalog.
  • For cyanobacteria: The instructions to order cyanobaceria from the Pasteur Culture collection of Cyanobacteria can be found here. Consult the PCC’s catalog.
  • For bacteria: Check out the CIP’s catalog and ask for a quote to
  • For viruses: Check out the cVIP’s catalog and ask for a quote to
  • For yeast and fungi: The CRBIP regrets to inform that unfortunately since March 30th 2013, the Fungi Collection of the Institut Pasteur (Collection des Champignons de l’Institut Pasteur) is closed and can no longer distribute fungi and yeast.


Head of the CRBIP:

M. Pina

Learn more

Download the CRBIP presentation

Access to the on line catalog

The open collections


The Collection of Institut Pasteur

The "Collection de l’Institut Pasteur" (CIP) was created by Dr Binot, who first began to collect strains in 1892. Freeze-drying was first used for strain conservation for the CIP towards the 1950s.


The Pasteur Culture Collection of Cyanobacteria

The Pasteur Culture collection of Cyanobacteria (PCC) is supported by the Institut Pasteur, which has provided the space and facilities for the PCC since 1971.

ICAReB _ Institut Pasteur

ICAReB Platform

The Clinical Investigation and Access to Biological Resources platform was created in 2008 to provide research teams with the human biological resources they need.


Santé publique - CRBIP - Distribution


Tor order a strain to the CIP, The customer agrees implicitly not to resell the strain and to mention the acronym of the CIP Collection and the number of the strain (e.g. 6301) in any publication or communication implying this strain.

Santé publique - CRBIP - Distribution


In ordering a strain from the PCC, the customer implicitly agrees not to resell the strain, and to quote the Collection acronym (PCC) and full strain number (e.g. 6301) in any published communication involving that strain.

ICAReB distribution - Institut Pasteur


To have access to human biological resources (RBH) the applicant must fill out a Biological Application Form.

Culture of strains

Culture of strains

Culture of freeze-dried bacterial strains



Deposit of strains to the CRBIP

Strains are deposited in the collection together with a completed "strain deposit form" indicating culture conditions and the components of the culture medium if necessary, the properties of the strain and references.

deposit-strains - Institut Pasteur


Plasmids and transposons

The deposit of a plasmid or transposon must be accompanied by a completed "deposit of plasmids or transposons form" indicating the culture conditions.

The deposit of a plasmid or transposon in the CIP is free. The CIP reserves the right to accept or to refuse the deposition of plasmids or transposons. All demand for a deposit of a plasmid or transposon in the CIP must be formulated in writing, enclosing the publication to be submitted to enable the CIP to carry out the necessary controls.

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 CRBIP catalog

CIP Official Regulations


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