About KCTC

History of KCTC


2010 to Present

  • January 2016Reconstruction of organization and modification of name to the Korean Collection for Type Cultures
  • March 2013Reconstruction of organization and modification of name to the Microorganism Resources Center
  • September 2011Reconstruction of organization and modification of name to the Life Resources Center

2000 to 2010

  • August 2008Designated as an exclusive institution for life resources research accomplishments under the supervision of the Ministry of Science and Technology
  • February 2004Received the ISO quality management systems (ISO9000:2000) certificate

1990 to 2000

  • October 1994Initiation of national biodiversity project according to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)
  • June 1990Designated as an international depositary authority for patented microorganisms from the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) according to the Budapest Treaty

1980 to 1990

  • January 1986Designated as a central organization for research accomplishment deposit from special research and development projects (by the Ministry of Science and Technology, MOST)
  • January 1986Joined World Data Centre for Microorganisms (WDCM)
  • February 1985Joined World Federation for Culture Collections (WFCC)
  • February 1985Established Special Project Department in the Genetic Engineering Center at Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST)