Announcement : Prepayment of distribution fees (overseas organizations only)

Prepayment of distribution fees
(overseas organizations only)

The RIKEN BioResource Research Center (BRC) is a non-profit institution funded by the Japanese Government. We have been engaging in collection, preservation and distribution of bioresources, with the aim to support research and development in the field of life sciences. We provide bioresources to scientists not only in Japan but also throughout the world with minimum fees that is solely reimburse for preparation and handling costs of the requested bioresources. To continue the smooth distribution of bioresources for overseas organizations, it has become necessary to send bioresources prepaid.

We sincerely hope that this change will not cause any inconvenience to our users. We very much appreciate your understanding and cooperation, and are looking forward to receiving your requests for our bioresources.

The prepayment of distribution fees for overseas organizations will apply to all orders for bioresources from Monday December 14, 2015 (Japan standard time).


How to order

* Step 1:
Search the JCM online catalogue of strains <> for a microorganism(s) that you wish to purchase.

* Step 2:
Go to <> and choose an order form, bank transfer/check payment or credit card payment.

* Step 3:
Downloaded Order Form, fill out the resource number, quantity, Biosafety level and other information on the order form and print out. Then send it with 2 sets of Material Transfer Agreement (MTA) and 1 set of Approval Form (when required) by e-mail (PDF) or Post.

Microbe Division / Japan Collection of Microorganisms
RIKEN BioResource Research Center
3-1-1 Koyadai, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0074, Japan
Fax: +81 29 836 9561

* Step 4:
We will review your order and send you an invoice and the payment instruction by e-mail as a PDF attachment. The RECIPIENT should prepay the distribution fees before bioresources to be shipped are prepared.

If you choose the payment by credit card, we will send an e-mail with the subject, “Online payment from RIKEN BioResource Center” to your e-mail address shown in ORDER FORM.

* Step 5:
Please open the attached URL, check the details and input your credit card information after you receive the invoice.

If you choose the payment by Bank transfer/check, please follow the payment instruction carefully and send us an e-mail to notify your completion of the payment.

* Step 6:
When your payment is confirmed by our office, you will receive a confirmation e-mail.

* Step 7:
Then we will start processing your order.
Please obtain an import permit/license prior to shipping, if required.

* Step 8:
We will dispatch the culture(s) when the MTA (for distribution) is concluded. An automated message will be sent to you when the culture(s) is sent out.


If you have any questions, please contact us at

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