How to obtain resource ( In detail )

(Last Update:2021.9.9)

a ) Requests for distribution   (Step 1 〜 5)

  • Refer to this catalog or our website for information on Resources.
  • Obtain and complete the appropriate forms. RIKEN Cell Bank documents are available in PDF format. These documents are printable and can be viewed with Adobe Reader.
  • Many Resources have no restriction on their use (category “a” in the Restriction list) ; however, some cell lines are restricted and required written permission from the Depositors or Originators of the lines. These cell lines are classified as category “b” or “c”.
  • To obtain written permission, please complete the Approval Form (C-0006)and send it to the Depositor. Upon receiving the written permission, please return it to us together with the other forms. Depositors and Originators are listed on the website as the “approvers” of each Resource.
  • If you can’t find their names or if you have any questions, please contact us by E-mail ( or by Fax (+81-29-836-9130).
  • Complete order Form (C-0005 or C-0032)for each order.
  • Make “two set of the original Material Transfer Agreements (MTA, C-0007)” for each cell line. As for original MTA, three sheets are one set.
  • Please complete section 4 (Restrictions) of the MTA indicating the “terms and conditions”. Please do not write “alphabetical characters” but the “terms and conditions” appeared on the website.
  • Send Forms C-0005(or C-0032), C-0007 and C-0006 (when it’s required) to RIKEN Cell Bank by mail or Fax (+81-29-836-9130).

To contact us

Cell Bank, RIKEN BioResource Research Center
3-1-1 Koyadai, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, 305-0074, Japan
FAX  :    +81-29-836-9130
E-mail  :

b ) Fee and payment   (Step 6)

b.1 Fee (In yen)

The fee to the overseas organization


Terms and Conditions cost

  • The above fee does not include shipping cost.
  • Shipping costs will be independently charged from international couriers ( FedEx, World Courier, TNT Express, DHL Global Forwarding and others). Please refer to each courier for the shipping costs.
  • Distribution commissions are subject to change without notice.

b.2 Payment

  • After you have received your invoice, please make your payment in one of the following ways :
  • By credit card click here for further details.


  1. The people who would like to make payment by credit card must order biological resources with the specified order form for credit card payment.
  2. Only we accept the change of payment method before shipping biological resources. The applicant has to contact at
    * Please note that the method of payment cannot be changed after we start processing to issue the invoice.

*By bank transfer in Japanese Yen directly into our account. The final transfer amount received by us should be the full payment, without deduction of transfer charges or currency conversions.

SWIFT code
Account No.
Bank Address
Bank Tel
:RIKEN (The Institute of Physical and Chemical Research)
:MUFG Bank, Ltd.
:Wakoekimae Branch (Branch No.727)
:159228 (Ordinary Account)
:1-10-20 Maruyamadai, Wako-shi, Saitama, 351-0112 Japan

*Please note!
RIKEN is a non-profit organization and therefore requires all applicants to cover all bank charges, (including exchange, commission and handling fees,) when sending payments for resources they have ordered.

c ) Distribution procedure   (Step 9, 10)

  • One copy of the MTA will be sent by airmail.
  • Each international order will be sent in a dry-ice-frozen box through international couriers ( FedEx, World Courier, TNT Express, DHL Global Forwarding and others). Shipping costs including the cost of the cell lines are the responsibility of the users. (See c1. Fee)

d ) Terms of Use

e ) Technical Support

If you have any questions about quality of the resources you receive, please contact us by Fax (+81-29-836-9130) or E-mail (

f ) Quality control

The RIKEN BRC has developed Standard Operation Procedures (SOPs) and carries out quality control on all cell materials on this catalog according to the SOPs.

g ) Request for publication

We request you to send us a reprint of your publication. We seek to share all data available on the Biological Resources in the RIKEN BRC.

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