National Institute for Biological Standards and Control

The National Institute for Biological Standards and Control (NIBSC) is a British government body concerned with the standardization and control of biological medicines. In 2013, the institution became part of the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). This was to enable NIBSC to focus on the testing and regulation of medicinal products.


The forerunner to NIBSC was formed in May 1972. This developed into the National Biological Standards Board, which was constituted in 1975 at the National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR). Due to an expansion of activities, primarily relating to biological standardization, a site was selected in Hertfordshire and a purpose-built center opened in 1988. In 2009, NIBSC was moved from the Medical Research Council and into the Health Protection Agency (HPA), as part ...

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